Anthem, folk songs and oath for Ukraine at the annual Cultural Festival of the Ukrainian Heritage Center Soyuzivka

On July 13-14, 2014, Ruslana attended the annual Cultural Festival of the Ukrainian Heritage Center Soyuzivka in Kerhonkson, NY.

The event gathered a record number of Ukrainians from the U.S. and Canada.

Together with audience Ruslana held a mass prayer for Ukraine, peace and tranquility and gave an oath to Ukraine:
“I will do everything to save Ukraine.”

Ruslana campaigned in Romania for Ukraine and peace

On June 25, 2014 Ruslana performed at the International Educational Festival in Iasi, one of the biggest festivals in Romania. Apart from Ruslana other Eurovision stars including Alexander Rybak performed.

Her nearly one and a half hour concert Ruslana devoted to Ukraine, campaigning for peace and quiet.
Throughout the concert the singer held a Ukrainian flag! The local public came in support of Ukraine with Ukrainian yellow and blue flags.

“I’m holding the flag of my country. My country is in my heart. We just want peace in my country. We’ll never give up! Never ever!” – With these words Ruslana began her speech. The singer said that after the Ukrainian word for mother, father, sister, brother, and love, the next most important word is Ukraine!

The last song of her performance “This is Euphoria” Ruslana dedicated to all fallen in Eastern Ukraine.

“The whole fee for the performance I gave to needy people who were forced to migrate because of the occupation and terrorism in Eastern Ukraine.”

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Ruslana is going to perform at festival in Romania

25th June 2014, Iasi, Central Square, Romania.


Ruslana is going to perform at the International Festival of Education.

Ruslana took part at VI Women’s Congress in Warsaw and met Donald Tusk

May 10th, Ruslana gave a speech at the 6th Women’s Congress in Warsaw.

Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk was present at the congress.

Every phrase Ruslana said was followed by the explosion of applauds coming from the audience which turned my speech into the set of slogans.

“Without a doubt: Poland is standing by us. And not in words, but in deeds!”, Ruslana said, I can’t tell you everything I know, but believe me!”

In her speech in front of the audience of 6 thousand people she said:

“If you are expecting traditional classic war, it will not happen! Putin’s war is a war of new dark technologies. He is a sponsor of terrorism. He is a master of special operations and terrorist attacks! “

She told the Polish people that the consequences of Putin’s lies and propaganda which is ruling Putin’s war today are more frightening that we think!

She called on all women to put maximum pressure on the male politicians and businessmen, so they stop the war by all means!

Ruslana: “I told about Kremlin’s libel about Poles in Eastern Ukraine, namely in Kramatorsk, where rumors are spread that “men in uniform with guns are allegedly “Banderivci” (Stepan Bandera followers) and Poles”.

Ruslana called on all Poles to join for prayer for peace and tranquility which will be held on May 24th on Mount Homyak (1600m) in the Carpathians. She asked everyone to open their eyes and not to pretend that Putin’s war does not exist.

Ruslana also addressed Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel with relevant appeals, since Merkel is choosing between business and human lives, and Hilary Clinton’s husband signed the Budapest Memorandum in 1994.

Women, in front of whom she spoke, can influence public opinion and political decisions!

Руслана: “After the event I met with Donald Tusk, and we had a half-hour conversation!

I confirmed that the terrorist operation is already moving towards Western Ukraine! I also said that Ukraine is very exhausted as result of intimidation with terrorist attacks and other acts of sabotage! We discussed the issue of propaganda and ways to fight it.”

Lies and deception simply CAN’T rule the World!!

Atlantic Council Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award

The Atlantic Council presented its 2014 Distinguished Leadership Awards in Washington D.C. April 30 before an audience of more than 900 US and international foreign policy and business leaders. The annual awards celebrate people and institutions that make extraordinary contributions to building transatlantic relations.

Ruslana received the prestigious award for her tireless commitment as a passionate advocate for a free, independent and democratic Ukraine.

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma introduced Ruslana in an emotional laudation: “When Ruslana sang the Ukraine national anthem on Maidan on freezing winter nights she inspired her nation to peaceful resistance. Her voice was stronger than sniper bullets. … I am reminded of my country’s singing revolution 25 years ago. We start sing the songs that gave us comfort and strength in those days to regain freedom. So, I am sure Ruslana’s leadership will have lasting influence on her nation.”

Ruslana appealed for international support for Ukraine’s battle to keep its independence, despite Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the Russian-backed violence in eastern Ukraine.

“Don’t wait for a new tragedy to happen. One tragedy already happened– on the Maidan, another happened to the Crimea, a third one is happen at– in East Ukraine. Help us stop Putin’s aggression, stop his megalomania. You are acting as if Putin is on Mars, but not earth. The problem is not the sanction, not the weapons, the problem is the courage. America be strong. America doesn’t want a war so then show that you are able to stop the war. Please do everything to safe human lives before it’s too late”, she urged.

And addressing the Russia’s leader directly: “President Putin, if you want to destroy Ukraine you must understand it’s impossible. The spirit of Ukrainians is undefeated. You should know when people fight for their country they lose fear. I have no way back. I started to struggle on the Maidan and I will fight to the end. I’m not afraid of anything.”

At the end of her speech Ruslana asked the audience to pick up the hundreds of flashlights distributed around the tables in the ballroom.

“This flashlight is more powerful than tanks and propaganda. Switch on your flashlights, lights of freedom. Show the Maidan for peace here and now. I am proud of my country. I am proud to present the symbol of light and people power. Glory to Ukraine. We woke up the world.”

The room’s lights were dimmed, and the gathering switched on the flashlights, as crowds at the Maidan did over the winter to show their support for a free and democratic Ukraine. The melody of Ukraine’s national anthem swelled, and as Ruslana sang it, the hundreds of US and European foreign policy and business leaders rose from their seats, their flashlights raised.

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Ruslana performed National Anthem of Ukraine at Women in the World 2014 in New York

Opening ceremony of Women in the World Summit was held April 3rd in New York and will continue for three days at THE DAVID h. KOCH THEATER. Ruslana was invited to participate in the event as a Maidan activist who revealed her active social position. At the opening ceremony of the Summit, which gathered distinguished guests and participants, Ruslana performed a special version of the anthem of Ukraine in Ukrainian and English languages.

It has become a tradition to participate in the Summit for the ex-First Lady and American politician, Hillary Clinton, Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, Ambassador of the United States on global women’s issues and women’s Vital Voices Foundation, which Ruslana had repeatedly cooperated with, Melanie Weaver and famous Hollywood actress Meryl Streep.

The Women in the World Summit was launched in 2010 by a famous journalist, editor of The Daily Beast and the author of numerous talk shows Tina Brown. The event aims to join world leaders and activists whose activities resolve global women’s issue. This year’s meeting was been attended by more than 2500 women from all over the world.

Today at the closing ceremony of the Summit, Ruslana performed “Euphoria” – the song that outstripped Maidan by almost 2 years and prophetically reflected the upcoming events in the video. She asked for the light lanterns to be lit in solidarity and support of the Ukrainian people against Putin’s tyranny– and in response there were 3, 000 lanterns lit!
American Maidan supported Ukraine. That’s how actions often speak much louder than any kind of words.



Also Ruslana met with Hillary Clinton in private on the eve of the Summit, and in the following days the singer will take part in television programs, including the Charlie Rose show, and Good Morning America, as well as meet with the Ukrainian community and visit the Ukrainian Museum

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Today power of our voice is too big to keep silent: Ruslana devoted her performance to Ukraine

Today the power of our voice is too big to keep silent.

“People of the world! All politicians, All celebrities!

I scream for help! Today the power of our voice is too big to keep silent! We need Your public statement, real actions to stop the new War in Ukraine!

Let’s do everything to save human lives before it is too late!

Don’t wait! Act! We want PEACE!”,
with these moving words Ruslana opened her performance which she devoted to her native Ukraine and Crimea. The show was broadcast live on Belgian national TV.

All of Belgium is talking about Ukraine now, she said. To show solidarity her song “This is Euphoria” was aired on the biggest Belgian radiostation. During her performance simple Belgians people raised Ukrainian blue-and-yellow flags.

Nobody accepts “Putin’s sabbath” here.

On her mind, today Putin died as politician for the whole civilized world.

Ruslana Debuts as Jury Expert of Eurosong 2014 amid Crisis in Ukraine

Ruslana will debut as the Jury Expert of the Belgian Eurosong 2014 this Sunday, 16 February. Ruslana’s participation in the renowned Belgian Eurovision Song Contest pre-selection show comes exactly 10 years after her spectacular victory in the Contest in Istanbul. Ruslana’s winning song, Wild Dances, became one of the most successful Eurovision hits in the history of the Contest, and stayed for 11 weeks at No. 1 in the Belgian charts.

Yet, Ruslana is coming to Belgium at one of the most critical times in modern history of her own country, Ukraine, where mass protests, known as “EuroMaidan”, against the corrupt Ukrainian government and in favour of closer ties with the EU have been sweeping across the country since late November 2013.

Ruslana’s own social and political commitment has always been an affair of the heart for the power woman. Ever since the beginning of EuroMaidan, Ruslana has been fully dedicated to the protest, spending multiple nights in a row on Kyiv’s Independence Square, the centre of the protests, serving as an inspiration for the nightly protesters. “I risk my life for my people!” said Ruslana in a recent interview to the German magazine Closer.

Her extraordinary determination and commitment to fight for an EU future of her country was recognized in thousands of mass media articles all over the world describing her as the “Heroine of Ukraine”, “Heart and soul of the protest”, “Queen of the night”, “Voice of the revolution” and so on.

In fact, Ruslana had foretold the future of her country long before the protests began. When in December 2012 she released her new music video for her latest masterpiece This is Euphoria!, Ruslana said at a press conference: “To show the Ukraine of today, one must show a jail, the new symbol of Ukraine.” Ukraine behind bars is the main theme and message of the powerful music video, which shows a country where nobody is immune to the arbitrary application of the law.

This is Euphoria! is the lead single of Ruslana’s latest album, My Boo (Together). The album comprises 8 English, one Ukrainian and two remix bonus tracks. Despite its intercontinental rock and pop nature, Ruslana integrated old Slavic circle dances, liturgies and elements of classic pieces as well as popular folk themes.

The contestants of Eurosong will benefit from Ruslana’s vast experience of composing, producing, and performing successfully, and – last but not least – winning Europe’s most popular music show. As a jury member she will do her utmost to find the best candidate and to give Belgium a realistic chance to win this year’s contest.

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Ruslana performed at EuroMaidan in Munich

On 1 and 2 February Ruslana performed at a 3-day EuroMaidan action in Munich which gathered Ukrainians from all over Germany and Europe.

Ruslana started her speech with a minute of silence in memory of the deceased Maidan activists during which hundreds of torches were lit.

“Maidan in Munich confirms that Ukrainians worldwide are a unity. They are joining hands in anticipation of threats as survival instinct. I want the whole world to understand us: we are afraid to lose the most precious: dignity, freedom, rights, Ukraine”, Ruslana said.

Ruslana appealed to all Ukrainians who gathered on Maidan in the center of Munich, to ask God to give wisdom to fill the heart with love, not detestation.

“Although this regime has brought to all of us a lot of pain, criminals, usurpation of power, corruption …. we have to choose the right methods of fighting without violence, to be clean in the face of God”, Ruslana said.

The Ukrainians in Munich had installed their “Christmas tree” decorating it with different Ukrainian symbols ad gave a big yellow and blue heart to Maidan in Kyiv. Even a girl on crutches attended the event.

The Maidan activists in Germany made a suggestion for a statement of Yanukovych: “Me, Victor Fedorovich Yanukovych, resign as president of Ukraine”.

The people who organized this Maidan asked tell the people in Ukraine that it will become warmer, if we are fighting together!

The Ukrainians also organized a march through the city of Munich and an AutoMaidan convoy. This action, unlike in Ukraine, was supported by the local police. Indeed, in Europe there is no ban on peaceful assemblies and nobody disperses peaceful protests by tear gas, water cannon in the cold, by flamethrowers or batons.

Ruslana met with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State of John Kerry

In Munich on February 2, during the 50th International Security Conference Ruslana met with Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State of John Kerry, United States Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia affairs.

Ruslana told Mrs. Nuland about the violation of human rights concerning the peaceful protests, persecution and intimidation of the activists.

The singer also informed the Assistant Secretary of State about the establishing of a working group in Ukraine which created the so-called “Black list” of all violations that are taking place in our country and are classified as a “Crime against humanity, against Ukrainians” This is a project of Professor Vladimir Vasilenko of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy.