Bon Jovi salutes Ukrainians rocking out to It's My Life while building defenses

Odesa, Ukraine - Bon Jovi saluted Ukraine this week after footage of Ukrainian civilians preparing for war to the tune of It's My Life went viral on social media.

Locals in Odesa rock out to the Bon Jovi anthem while filling sandbags on a beach.
Locals in Odesa rock out to the Bon Jovi anthem while filling sandbags on a beach.  © Screenshot/Twitter/Bon Jovi

In the clip – which has amassed more than 2 million views on Twitter alone – dozens of community members in Odesa rock out to the Bon Jovi anthem while filling sandbags on a beach and loading them into an orange truck. One person can even be seeing playing the drums on a makeshift stage while Jon Bon Jovi's gruff voice blasts from the speakers.

After Olexander Scherba, Ukraine's ambassador to Austria, tagged Bon Jovi in a video of the people of Odessa gathering "fortifications & getting ready to fight," the rock band responded Tuesday with a poignant lyric from the 2000 hit.

"This is for the ones who stood their ground...," the group tweeted along with the video and the hashtag #SlavaUkraini, which means "Glory to Ukraine."

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On Wednesday, a crowd of Ukrainians thanked Bon Jovi for its support in a follow-up video filmed at the same Odesa beach.

"Big Thanks @BonJovi from free citizens of Independent Ukraine, who united for the sake of one goal – to protect our city and our country," the clip was captioned. At the end of the video, the civilians cheer and shout, "It's! My! Life!"

Big names show their support

Jon Bon Jovi expressed his support for Ukrainians.
Jon Bon Jovi expressed his support for Ukrainians.  © Screenshot/Twitter/Jon Bon Jovi

The members of Bon Jovi are among several entertainment luminaries who have supported Ukraine via social media posts, award show statements, donation campaigns, and blue-and-gold solidarity pins since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of the country last month.

In February, former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider similarly approved of Ukrainians using his song We're Not Gonna Take It as a battle cry during the invasion.

Other big names who have shown up for Ukraine in recent weeks include Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who raised more than $35 million for Ukraine relief. Succession star Brian Cox condemned the war at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Benedict Cumberbatch expressed a desire to house Ukrainian refugees.

"This is what I'm trying to do to show that I'm standing side by side with my brothers and sisters who are going through this," Cumberbatch said earlier this month at the BAFTAs. "But we all need... to do more than wear a badge."

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