Anna Oliinyk

Ukraine

(Note from Hit Like A Girl: This entry video is a duet between and female and male drummer. We realize it breaks the rules but, under the circumstances, we are allowing it. Anna is in Kyiv, Ukraine and was not able to make a new video for the contest this year. However, she still wanted to represent herself, her sisters and her country and asked if she could share the video she had. The words in the story are hers and have not been edited.)

Hi, guys!

We are from Kiev, Ukraine. We made this video in 2021, when the sky above us was peaceful. You know that a bloody war and genocide of the Ukrainian people are taking place in our country right now. The Russian army is bombing peaceful cities, wiping them off the face of the earth. They use all available weapon. They kill and rob civilians, including children, the elderly, women, pets, destroying all life.

However they do not know, that it is possible to destroy our cities and our bodies, but our free spirit and our souls cannot be killed. I want the World to know that Ukrainians are brave, strong and very talented.

This song for me is more than just a song. Because I deeply feel what it is about.
Anyone who has experienced the pain of loss at least once in his life is able to immerse himself in and to let this experience pass through himself.

Our school is currently closed. But we remain in Kyiv. I don’t want to run away from my home. This is my conscious choice. Now I try to help those in need – people and animals. This is our home. This is our land. We are UKRAINE. For me, this time it’s not a competition. This is an opportunity to speak about Ukraine and be heard by you.

Please don’t forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. We don’t have much time for this.

My thanks to my drum teacher and my friend Victor Gerchev for the opportunity to play this song and for the new experience.
Thank you, World, for your support!

10 Comments

  1. Loladrums on April 12, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Hi I am so glad you made this entry!
    I am sending you all my support! Stay strong.
    All my love
    Lola x

  2. Jennifer Towns on April 12, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    This is a wonderful video – thank you so much for sharing it! My heart goes out to you and your loved ones – please stay safe!

  3. Kelly Simon on April 12, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    This is such a beautiful and amazing an amazing duo! Thank you for allowing this entry. I met Victor in LA when he attended a rock camp and he made an indelible mark on me. His beautiful smile, poetic grace, passion for teaching , and his ever present love for making memorable music allowed me to believe once again that life is good and there are good people in this world. Thank you Victor for being you and sharing your gift with the world and thank you Anna for inspiring girls and women everywhere to HIT LIKE A GIRL!
    Love to all,
    Kelly from USA

    • nikita_poledancer nikita_poledancer on April 13, 2022 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Kelly! Victor is my teacher and friend, and I am also happy to meet him.
      I want the World to know the truth first hand, not from TV. We are real people, who can tell about the atrocities and genocide that are taking place on our land right now. I m not a professional drummer, but i think the drum community is my community too. And I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to speak here with all of you.
      Let there be more truth in the World.

  4. SashaPepel on April 20, 2022 at 9:12 am

    You are already the winner for us, my sweet drum girl ❤️

  5. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 22, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Such a powerful message and a powerful song (insert flexing arm emoji). I’m very impressed with the video concept and quality, very exciting.

  6. Platon on April 24, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Super 👌

  7. irynabutko on May 3, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Every time I see this video, I cry.
    It’s really powerful and very passionate!
    I love you both! And I miss all of you, my dear friends.

    I wish you to play and live this passion every day.
    Hugs and kisses!

    Ira

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