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Zelenskyy tackles Glastonbury as Ukrainian action promises ‘special surprise’ to public | UK News

Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Glastonbury – describing the festival as “the greatest concentration of freedom”.

A video message from the Ukrainian president was played for the set of The Libertines on the Other Stage.

Mr Zelenskyy noted that the festival was reopened after a two-year hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “We in Ukraine also want to live life as we once did and enjoy freedom and this beautiful summer, but we can not do that because the most horrible thing has happened – Russia has stolen our peace.”

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The president promised that his country “will not break the war of Russia” – and he wants to end the invasion before it “ruins the lives of people in other countries of Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America”.

Mr Zelenskyy told the thousands of people listening in the crowd to “spread the truth about Russia’s war” and support Ukrainians who are being forced to flee their homes.

“Time is precious and every day is measured in human life. The more people participate in defending freedom and truth, the sooner Russia’s war against Ukraine will end,” he said.

He ended his message by saying “slava Ukraini” – “glory to Ukraine” in English – and this was noted by cheers and applause.

A number of Ukrainian bands will be performing at Worthy Farm in Somerset this weekend – including the Kalush Orchestra, which won the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

The band, formed in 2019, will bring their brand of “Ukrainian folk music, rap and hip-hop” to Shangri-La’s Truth Stage on Friday.

Prior to the show, frontman Oleh Psiuk said they were excited for their first appearance in the UK, hoping it would be the first of many.

And he added: “We are very grateful for all the support we receive from the people of Britain, both for us and for our country, and we are making a very special Ukrainian surprise for the fans at Glastonbury.

“What is it? You’ll see soon. See you soon.”

Zelenskyy tackles Glastonbury as Ukrainian action promises ‘special surprise’ to public | UK News

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