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When the invasion of Ukraine began, singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk cut his U.S. tour short, returned home and took up arms to defend his homeland. 

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"A little motivation from the leader of the group 'Boombox' Andriy Khlyvnyuk," he wrote.

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The track, "Hey Hey Rise Up," features 90 seconds of David Gilmour's string-bending solo, and Floyd drummer Nick Mason. 

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The title references the last line of the protest song: "Hey hey, rise up and rejoice." 

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The track will be available to stream/download at midnight tonight (April 8), but it can be heard below via its moving music video. 

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All proceeds from the track will benefit the United Nations’ Ukrainian Humanitarian Fund.

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Khlyvnyuk is one of many Ukrainians who have taken up arms to defend the country from Russia’s invading forces. 

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The joint statement notes Khlyvnyuk was in the hospital at the time of the song’s recording “recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury. 

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