"I will find out who your brigade commander is and will find you": singer Valerii Kharchyshyn spoke about the ultimatum to his son, who serves in AFU
The frontman of the Ukrainian rock band Druha Rika, Valerii Kharchyshyn, said that he had not seen his eldest son Ivan for a long time, who took up arms and joined the Ukrainian army from the first days of the full-scale invasion. In one of his recent interviews, the musician admitted that he hadn't spoken to his heir for more than two weeks, so he was very worried about him. However, now Ivan at least tells his father where he is with the brigade, whereas before he used to hide this fact, which made his star dad worry even more.
The singer said that at one point he even suspected his son of "lying". The latter is serving in the north, but Kharchyshyn began to assume that Ivan had been moved to a hot spot, and he was not telling his parents in order not to alarm them. Kharchyshyn shared the details in an interview with the Journalist's Weekly.
"We haven't seen each other for a long time. We correspond with him, try to meet from time to time, but it doesn't work out. He is now in the north. When I return from concerts, I write to him all the time, "Maybe I'll stop by?" He doesn't hesitate, doesn't say where they are. I started to get worried and suspected that maybe he was lying to me, maybe he was already in some hot spot. Because that was what we were talking about. But then he told me that he was in France, studying. I asked him, "How were the studies?" He replied that it was more like sharing experiences and it was unclear who taught whom," the rocker said.
However, Kharchyshyn did not calm down and decided to find out from his son why he was hiding his whereabouts from him. It came to an ultimatum, which the musician himself called a "threat."
"When I suspected him of this lie, I decided that I had to find out who his commander was, the brigadier, in order to understand where they were. I probably even started threatening him, "If you don't tell me where you are, I'll find out who your brigadier is and find out where you are. So just tell me frankly where you are and what you are doing." He confessed to me and I calmed down but we haven't talked in the last few weeks," Valerii said.
The singer realizes how hard it is for his son to be a soldier. Ivan, according to the star, has been a pacifist all his life and never wanted to hold a weapon. However, the full-scale invasion dramatically changed his views: the former philosophy student realized that he wanted and had to defend his home.
"On February 24, we said goodbye to him, as well as to my younger children. They went further west. The eldest one got out in Zhytomyr and on February 25 he was already armed. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at Shevchenko, and was very far from weapons... He is now more at war with himself because the man who did not want to hold a weapon at all did not want to join the army at all... I can imagine what he went through. I was afraid for everything, I was worried that he didn't know how to handle a weapon at all, I was afraid that he would freeze too," Kharchyshyn recalled.