Commemorating Ukrainian Independence Day: A Tale from the Summit 

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Ukraine’s Independence Day, observed on August 24th, is a poignant occasion that celebrates the nation’s spirit, unity, unique culture, and unwavering commitment to safeguarding its sovereignty. This year, the Mountain Seed Foundation commemorates this significant day by sharing a story that unfolded atop the summit of Kitzsteinhorn.

Amidst the snowy peaks and icy winds, three children embark on a journey in the mountains while their mother fights for Ukraine in Bahamut. Diana, Artem, and their younger sibling Yeva form an integral part of the founding family and volunteers within Vector of Hope – an organization that aligned forces with MSF right from the inception of the full-scale invasion. In the initial days of the invasion, our partnership with Vector of Hope, a dedicated humanitarian aid entity, proved pivotal in extending support to families who had lost their homes to the clutches of the Russian occupation.

As the sun cast its golden rays over the Healing Base Camp, Yeva(5) paused for a moment and joined their voices with her father in a rendition of “Oi u luzi chervona kalyna” (Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow), a cherished Ukrainian folk song about a small bush native throughout Ukraine called the Viburnum.

The viburnum, with its branches heavy with history, carries the weight of a nation’s aspirations. Its vibrant scarlet berries hold tales of courage and triumph over adversity. In its crimson hues, one can glimpse the fervor of a people who have fought tirelessly for their freedom, sacrificing blood and treasure to secure their children’s future. This resilient plant, much like the Ukrainian people, stands strong and unwavering in the face of challenges.


Ukraine’s Independence Day is more than just a date on the calendar. It is a celebration of a nation’s determination to stand tall against all odds, and a tribute to the sacrifices made by countless individuals. The story of this family, and the viburnum-fueled anthem they sang atop a mountain peak embodies the very essence of Ukraine’s spirit—a spirit that perseveres through snow and cold, through peace and war. As we honor this day, let us remember the families who bear the weight of conflict and stand united in the pursuit of victory.

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