She brought a smile and tears to the faces of people hiding with her in the bomb shelter in the wake of the attacks.
Video of a Ukrainian girl singing "Let It Go" from a bomb shelter is going viral. It takes immense courage and mental strength to put on a smile during wartime, and for many, it can be a source of salvation, especially during dark times. The video showed the girl, Amelia, singing the iconic song from Disney's popular animated film "Frozen." The video was taken inside a bomb shelter where many people were hiding and showed people smiling as well as wiping away tears as the little girl was singing, reported Newsweek. Thousands across Ukraine have taken refuge in bomb shelters in the wake of Russia's attack on Ukraine. Fearing continuous shelling, people have moved to bomb shelters to stay safe.
The video has been viewed over 3.2 million times, garnering more than 100k likes. The video shows a group of people in the shelter with Marta Smekhova, the person who recorded the song, egging the little girl to sing. After initial hesitation, she sings the iconic song. People start recording her singing and you can see the people smiling at Amelia. The video was first posted on Facebook on March 3 by Smekhova. "Seeing in one of the Kyiv bomb [shelters], how children draw bright pictures in half-darkness, I, of course, couldn't silently pass by," wrote Smekhova in the Facebook post, as per the Google translation. "[I] stopped, praised, offered to do a little exhibition to somehow decorate this not so happy place."
We see you. We really, really see you. 💙💛 https://t.co/Vhln1MjXpX— Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) March 7, 2022
Smekhova spoke to the people in the bunker and she found Amelia to be very talkative and added that she loved to sing. "Everyone put their business aside and listened to a song by this girl who was just beaming light," she wrote. "Video made with the permission of the girl's mother, [I] promised that many people will see [them], Amelia really wanted this." Amelia's singing is one of many videos of Ukrainians displaying immense courage in the face of war. "I showed this video to people in different cities of Ukraine, it was seen by foreigners in different parts of the world. Amelia, your singing left no one indifferent," said Smekhova, before calling the attention of Russians to show what they were fighting against. "Look, Russians, against whom you are fighting. Only a coward can fight against civilians. [Taking] away childhood from defenseless children," she wrote.
Actress Idina Menzel, who played Elsa from the film Frozen and performed the song, came across the video and lauded Amelia's spirit. "We see you. We really, really see you," she wrote. The comments section of the Facebook post by Smekhova was filled with positive messages for the girl. "Amelia, you are the brightest star. I wish you lot’s of courage, peace will come. Hugs to all of you in the shelter there from Finland. The whole world is on your side, with you. Stay strong, stay safe," wrote one person. Another added, "Oh, Amelia, beautiful child with a beautiful voice. You shine like a star and you brighten up the room. You bring hope with your innocence. We all pray for you, we all pray for your people. I wish I could hug you all! This nightmare will and, and the entire World will help you rebuild your cities, your country. Looking forward to the day our tears will be replaced by your smile and your amazing voice while performing on a huge stage as you deserve."
On Monday, Russia announced that it would halt military operations if Kyiv meets a list of conditions which included the country not joining any bloc such as the EU or NATO. The Kremlin spokesperson also called for Crimea to be acknowledged as Russian territory, and recognize the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states, reported Reuters. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected Russia's offer, calling the conditions an ultimatum. "We are not prepared for ultimatums but we have the possible solution, resolution for these three key items," said Zelensky, reported Newsweek. "What needs to be done is for President Putin to start talking instead of living in the information bubble without oxygen.
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