The frontman of Irish rock group U2 Bono and his bandmate The Edge gave a 40-minute concert at a metro station in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, praising the Ukrainians who fought for their freedom from Russia.
“Your president is currently leading the world in the cause of freedom…The people of Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” Bono told a crowd of up to 100 gathered in Khreshchatyk metro station.
He was referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and pushed for Kiev before withdrawing its forces away from the capital in late March to focus its firepower on eastern Ukraine.
Russia, which calls its action in Ukraine a “special military operation,” continues to launch missile strikes across Ukraine. However, there is some life in Kiev again, even if air-raid sirens sound regularly.
Bono gathered the crowd between songs during his performance.
“Tonight, May 8, shots will ring in the Ukrainian sky, but you will finally be free. They can take your life, but they can never take your pride,” he said.