Mariya Yaremchuk is much more than your average pop star. Ukraine’s 2014 representative may have won our Sabina Babayeva Award for Best Dressed, but beneath the singing fashionista exterior is a highly politicised and intelligent young woman. Throughout the Eurovision campaign she was always forthright in her views on the conflict between her homeland and Russia, firmly siding with Kiev. During an in-depth interview, she told us that she was fighting for 46 million Ukrainians, while on the red-carpet she dressed entirely in black as a mark of respect to those who had been killed.
Now, as the crisis enters its tenth month, the “Tick Tock” singer is undertaking a tour of military bases, in a bid to rally the weary troops. She has been documenting the whole thing on Instagram and we’ve included a selection of her posts below. To see the rest click HERE.
While the sight of Mariya wielding a gun, may shock some, bear in mind that such propaganda is common place in all wars. Even supposedly politically correct nations like the UK do it – for instance the squeaky clean Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins is often shipped out for similar photo ops with British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.