hold me – the song from Svyatoslav Vakarchuk – to say thank you to all friends of #Ukraine

Since more than two years numerous friends of Ukraine around the world fight for those values that were at stake in the battle on the euromaidan in Kyiv in the winter 2013/2014 – also we do, a small NGO, named swissukraine.org .

It is high time to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those upright supporters of the Ukrainian people, who struggle for human rights, for democracy and freedom with all their power: Thank you all for your important support.

Each contribution is a very important part of a global network, to support the people of Ukraine, who for years now are being exposed to a brutal and bloody hybrid war of Putin’s Russia, a war that daily injures people and unfortunately Ukrainian people are often daily killed.

Nearly two million people have been displaced. Many thousands of people have been injured and traumatised and will be invalids for the rest of their lives – many thousands of people have been killed, as civilians or as soldiers, in an effort to keep Putin hordes at bay.

I personally and many of my friends, support Ukraine and its people, because we are convinced this is not only about a country, on the border with Russia, but it is about the foundations of our modern civilization – nothing less is in acute danger.

All people that withhold the continued terror of Putin and his ingenious systems, until the edge of exhaustion – the warmest thanks for everything you do for Ukraine and its people –

it is often bloody hard – targeted decomposition starting from Putin’s Russia, the non-stop and hybrid terror gnaws at us all.

In the upcoming very difficult time, let us work together, even smarter, more intense, more creative in collaboration, for the people of Ukraine and for our own good.

This song of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the Ukrainian singer, songwriter, artist, activists and scientist – it was his song that has triggered me to write you this, and it shall be his song with which I want to thank you.

And Svyatoslav Vakarchuk – if I may wish something – I wish the next Ukrainian president would be Svyatoslav Vakarchuk: Hope and strength grows in the hearts of my friends, my friends here in the West and in Ukraine, thanks to people like him. I know you will tell me I am not in the position to wish for something and meddle into this field. I know they will say, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk is not a politician, perhaps he says that himself. But Vaclav Havel for example, when he became president, was a writer and still became the president the people wished for. Our friends in Ukraine will decide.

Simon Gerber

Many thanks to my colleague in Kyiv, Oksana Pooley for translation the song of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk into English!


When the day comes
And the war ends,
I lost myself there
And saw into my depth
Hold me, hold me, hold me
So tenderly, and don’t let go
Hold me, hold me, hold me
Let your spring come
And so my soul
Lays down its weapons
Can it want so bad
To feel the warm tears?
Hold me, hold me, hold me
So tenderly, and don’t let go
Hold me, hold me, hold me
Let your spring come
Hold me, hold me, hold me
So tenderly, and don’t let go
Hold me, hold me, hold me
Let your spring come
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
Many thanks to my colleague in Kyiv, Oksana Pooley for translation the song of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk into English!

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