Bono and The Edge of the Irish rock band U2 gave a 40-minute concert in a metro station in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in support of Ukrainian forces fighting Russia’s invading army.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged them “to perform in Kyiv as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and that’s what we’ve come to do,” the world-renowned band wrote on Twitter.
“Right now, your president is leading the globe in the cause of freedom… “The people of Ukraine are fighting for all of us who love freedom, not just for yourselves,” Bono told a throng of roughly 100 people gathered inside the Khreshchatyk metro station.
“We hope you can get some of that tranquility soon.”
Bono and The Edge performed Stand By Me, a Ben E King classic. With or Without You, Desire, Angel of Harlem, and Vertigo were also performed during the set.
During the show, Ukrainian musicians and soldiers joined the pair on stage.
In his weekly video address, Zelenskyy stated, “I am grateful to [Bono, U2] for supporting our people and calling even more attention to the need to help our people.”
Russia continues to launch missile attacks across Ukraine, which it refers to as a “special military operation.” Despite the continuous sounding of air raid sirens, some life has returned to Kyiv.
During the show, Bono roused the crowd between songs.
“Shoots will ring out in the Ukraine sky this nightfall, May 8th, but you’ll be free at last.” “They can take your lives, but they can’t take your pride,” he remarked, referring to the U2 song Pride (In the Name of Love).
Bono also paid a visit to Bucha, a village near Kyiv where hundreds of remains were discovered after Russian troops withdrew from the area last month.
Russia has been accused of war crimes in the city by Ukraine and its allies.
Moscow has categorically denied that the Russian military was responsible for the deaths of civilians in Bucha, claiming that photographs of bodies were “fakes.”
Thousands of people have died as a result of Russia’s military assault in Ukraine, which has pushed more than 12 million people to evacuate their homes, including almost five million who have fled to other countries.