Speaking through a video message played ahead of The Libertines’ stage opening at Glastonbury Festival on Friday, the President of Ukraine called the event the “greatest concentration of freedom”.
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a moving speech at the Glastonbury Festival in which he called on the world to “spread the truth” about the invasion of Ukraine
In a video message, the Ukrainian President described the music event as the “greatest concentration of freedom”.
The clip was shown on the big screens of the Other Stage on Friday before The Libertines’ stage opening.
Zelensky told the crowd of thousands: “The festival resumes this year after a two-year hiatus, the pandemic has put the lives of millions of people around the world on hold but has not broken it.
“We in Ukraine would also like to live life as before and enjoy freedom and this wonderful summer, but we can’t because the worst happened – Russia stole our peace.
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“So I am reaching out to you in support of Glastonbury’s greatest concentration of freedom these days, and I ask that you share that sentiment with all those whose freedom is under attack.”
Zelenskyy said Ukraine “won’t let Russia’s war break us” and that he wanted the war to end before it “ruined the lives of people in other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
“Spread the truth about Russia’s war, help Ukrainians who are forced to flee their homeland because of the war,” he said.
“Time is priceless and every day is measured in lives. The more people join us in defending freedom and truth, the sooner Russia’s war against Ukraine will end. Prove that freedom always wins!”
He ended his message by saying “Slava Ukraini” which means “Glory to Ukraine” in English, to a loud and rolling cheer and applause from those gathered on the stage in Worthy Farm, Somerset.
Zelensky also urged people to visit his charity platform United24, which raises funds to support Ukraine’s response to the Russian invasion.
The Ukrainian President’s message comes before Billie Eilish will make history when she takes to the Pyramid Stage on Friday night as the Glastonbury Festival’s youngest-ever solo headliner.
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The Grammy winner, 20, will perform alongside her brother and co-writer Finneas O’Connell.
The US pop star made her Glastonbury debut in 2019 when she performed on the Other Stage and treated the crowd to a slew of tracks including Bad Guy and You Should See Me In A Crown.
The weather is expected to be dry during their performance, despite the high chance of showers throughout the afternoon.
On the day Eilish headlines Glastonbury, Sir Paul McCartney will warm up for his headlining slot on Saturday by performing at a Somerset music venue.
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Friday’s Pyramid Stage line-up includes Eilish, Sam Fender, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Crowded House, Rufus Wainwright and Wolf Alice – whose performance is on hold due to travel issues.
Other acts performing on Friday include the Sugababes on the Avalon Stage and Foals and St Vincent on the Other Stage, which also features Kae Tempest and The Libertines on Friday.
Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra will also make their first UK appearance since their victory, with a performance on Shangri-La’s Truth Stage on Friday’s bill.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-zelenskys-surprise-glastonbury-message-27320552 Zelensky's surprising Glastonbury message calls on the world to spread the truth about the Russian invasion