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A traditional sailor’s song, made popular by a British folk singer, is used in Russia to promote war.

wellermanDating back to the mid-1800s, it tells the story of a New Zealand whaler named the Billy o’Tea. The song became internationally known when it was covered by Nathan Evans, a folk singer from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, and topped the UK Singles Chart.

The signature melody, with revised lyrics in Russian, is used to convince young people of the need for war in Ukraine. Students from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, a pro-Kremlin separatist region in eastern Ukraine, recorded the new version.

Students of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in their video for Wellerman

In their video, dressed in what looks like nurse outfits, the young women greet “the motherland”, perform a dance

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