After five months of Russian attacks, Ukraine is not the first place you would expect to see a techno party in full swing.
But to prove that the Ukrainian spirit is ‘indomitable’, 200 young people turned up in the northern village of Yahidne to do just that.
DJ Oleksandr Buchinskiy mounted his turntables on a stack of ammunition boxes, played some house bangers, while volunteers removed debris from a culture hall that was destroyed in March.
Shovels in hand, they threw piles of rubble onto the loader of a tractor – a small but important way to contribute to the mammoth recovery effort.
“Volunteering is now my lifestyle,” said Tania Burianova, 26, an organizer of the cleaning raves.
‘I like electronic music and I used to party. But now it’s wartime and we want to help, and we do it with music.
‘We miss (parties) and we want to go back to normal life, but our normal life now is volunteer work.’
Ms Burianova said the clean-up raves bring together those who lost their nightclub community in the war, helping them regain a sense of normalcy.
Yahidne was among three villages in the Chenihiv area liberated by the Ukrainian army in early April.
According to the office of the Ministry of Justice, most of its 350 inhabitants were kept in a 197 square meter school basement, where Russian troops had set up their headquarters in March.
The elderly were among the hostages, along with 77 children and five babies.
Due to a lack of sufficient space, sanitation, fresh air, food and water, at least 10 elderly people died.
Resident Nina, who spent those terrible weeks in the basement before the Russian troops withdrew, said she was grateful to see young people coming together to help the village recover.
‘They have already repaired our windows, doors and entrances,’ said the 68-year-old.
‘We couldn’t even manage our salaries or pensions. I am grateful that they helped us.’
Most of the volunteers were in their 20s and 30s and came from Kiev, about a two-hour drive away.
But others came from the western city of Lviv and also near Chernihiv, which also received heavy bombardment.
Some foreign volunteers came from Portugal, the United States, Germany and other places.
Their next project is in the nearby town of Lukashivka, where the group will build 12 houses for people whose homes have been destroyed.
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Ukraine: DJs and artists hold 'clean-up rave' in bombed building
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