The Ukrainian ballerinas were outside Odessa’s military history museum, and, reports The Moscow Times, “was a nod to a Soviet-era tradition” when “state-run television traditionally aired classical music during periods of great change in the Soviet Union.”
Oleksiy Honcharenko, who presents the event on the YouTube clip, said,
For millions of Soviet people, a televised performance of Swan Lake signaled a change in the country’s leadership — either the death of the Secretary-General, or his ouster as a result of a coup.
Because Vladimir Putin has made a fatal mistake by unleashing aggression against Ukraine, today Odessa, as a cultural capital, performs for him this portentous work.
The video was relayed on Ukrainian television last Wednesday, and soon after was put up online.