The legendary Irish rock band stated President Zelenskyy invited them to play in solidarity with Ukraine.
Irish rock band U2’s singer Bono and guitarist The Edge have carried out a 40-minute live performance in a metro station within the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in help of Ukrainian forces preventing Russia’s invading military.
On its Twitter account, the world-renowned band stated President Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited them “to carry out in Kyiv as a present of solidarity with the Ukrainian individuals and in order that’s what we’ve come to do”.
“Your president leads the world in the reason for freedom proper now… The individuals of Ukraine should not simply preventing to your personal freedom, you’re preventing for all of us who love freedom,” Bono instructed a crowd of about 100 gathered contained in the Khreshchatyk metro station.
“We pray that you’ll get pleasure from a few of that peace quickly.”
— U2 (@U2) May 8, 2022
Bono, alongside The Edge, sang the Ben E King basic Stand By Me. The set additionally included performances of With or With out You, Need, Angel of Harlem, and Vertigo.
Ukraine musicians and troopers joined the duo on stage at instances throughout the present.
“I’m grateful to [Bono, U2] for supporting our individuals and drawing much more consideration to the necessity to assist our individuals,” Zelenskyy stated in his nightly video tackle.
Russia, which calls its motion in Ukraine a “particular navy operation”, continues to hold out missile assaults throughout Ukraine. Nevertheless, some life has returned to Kyiv despite the fact that air raid sirens sound commonly.
Bono rallied the gang between songs throughout the efficiency.
“This night, eighth of Might, pictures will ring out within the Ukraine sky, however you’ll be free eventually. They’ll take your lives, however they will by no means take your pleasure,” he stated, quoting the U2 music Pleasure (Within the Title of Love).
On his journey, Bono additionally visited Bucha, a city close to Kyiv the place hundreds of bodies were found final month after Russian troops withdrew from the world.
Ukraine and its allies have accused Russia of battle crimes within the metropolis.
Moscow has vehemently rejected the allegations that Russian forces have been accountable for killing civilians in Bucha and recommended pictures of corpses have been “fakes”.
Russia’s navy marketing campaign in Ukraine has killed 1000’s of individuals and compelled greater than 12 million individuals to flee their houses, together with virtually 5 million overseas.