PILTON, ENGLAND – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a Glastonbury festival on Friday urged music fans to spread the “truth about the Russian war” in his country.
Zelenskyy addressed the video in a British musical extravagance for The Libertines.
The Ukrainian leader said that the festival, which is returning for the first time since 2019, shows that “the pandemic has taken the lives of millions of people around the world, but has not broken them.”
“We in Ukraine also want to live life as we used to and enjoy freedom and this beautiful summer, but we can’t do that because the scariest thing has happened – Russia has made us peace,” he said.
“That’s why I’m asking for your support, Glastonbury, the greatest concentration of freedom these days, and asking you to share that feeling with everyone whose freedom is being challenged.”
Zelensky urged festival goers to “spread the truth about the war in Russia and help Ukrainians who are forced to leave their homes because of the war.”
The speech evoked loud cheers and applause from thousands of people gathered at Worthy Farm in the south west of England.
More than 200,000 people took part in the four-day festival. Performers include Billie Eilish, Ziggy Marley, Foals, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney and the Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine, winner of last month’s Eurovision Song Contest.