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Paul McCartney waves the flag of Ukraine during the first performance of the 2022 tour

Paul McCartney waved the Ukrainian flag as he kicked off his 2022 world tour in Spokane, Washington last night.

On Thursday April 28, the Beatles star and solo artist performed a two-and-a-half-hour set for fans attending the US concert, including many of the British band’s biggest hits.

On the North American leg of his “Got Back” tour, McCartney will visit cities such as Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Boston and Baltimore. He is also headlining the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on June 25th.

that of the independent Journalist Andrew Buncombe, who was present at the Spokane show, said he saw the 79-year-old raise the flag during an encore.

McCartney is one of several artists who have expressed support for Ukraine amid ongoing Russian attacks on the country.

Acts including Green Day, Imagine Dragons, Bring Me the Horizon, Louis Tomlinson, Franz Ferdinand and Nick Cave canceled their scheduled performances in Russia in protest at Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy posted on Instagram in March, praising Russians “who are ready to stand up to their corrupt government” and the people of Ukraine “who are fighting for their right to live in freedom and peace.” .

Paul McCartney during his concert in Spokane, Washington

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On Thursday, European Union foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell Fontelles said he was “shocked and appalled” by the nearness of Russian missile attacks on Kyiv during UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ visit.

“Shocked and appalled by Russian rocket attacks on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Russia again demonstrates its blatant disregard for international law by bombing a city while @UN Secretary General @antonioguterres is present alongside Bulgarian Prime Minister @KirilPetkov,” he tweeted.

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Russia has attacked targets across Ukraine, including a high-rise apartment building in which 10 people were injured, while the UN Secretary-General visited Ukraine for the first time since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

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