The Glastonbury Festival’s other stage opened this morning with a video message from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
His message was played to festival-goers on a screen before The Libertines took the stage to perform.
In videos shared on social media, Zelensky can be heard saying: “Glastonbury is the greatest concentration of freedom today and I ask you to share this feeling with all those whose freedom is under attack…
“Help the Ukrainians who have to flee their homes because of the war…
“Put pressure on every politician you know to help restore peace in Ukraine.”
Eastern European nations have been at war for four months since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered a “strategic military operation” into Ukraine and aggressively sought to seize strategically important cities, including the capital Kyiv.
The fighting has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Ukrainian civilians and soldiers, with BBC News reporting the number is up to 200 soldiers daily.
Zelenskyi’s performance at the festival comes before Ukraine’s Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra, who perform on the Truth stage later in the evening. Check out the full Glastonbury lineup here and find out how to watch it all on the BBC here.
consequences The Independent‘s live updates on the festival here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/glastonbury-ukraine-zelensky-speech-b2108612.html Glastonbury 2022: Ukrainian President Zelensky shares powerful message at festival