Ukraine’s Zelenskiy appeals for support in Grammy video appearance

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy appeals for support in Grammy video appearance

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addresses the audience of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards show about the invasion of Ukraine by Russia through a video feed as the Grammy show takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., April 3, 2022.

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Zelenskiy tells the audience of Grammys: 'Support us in any way you can. Any, but not silence'

LAS VEGAS, USA –  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday, April 3 appeared in a video aired at the Grammy Awards in the United States and appealed to viewers to support Ukrainians “in any way you can.”

“What is more opposite to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” said Zelenskiy in the video that aired ahead of a performance by American singer John Legend and Ukranian poet Lyuba Yakimchuck.

“Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today, to tell our story. Support us in any way you can. Any, but not silence,” Zelenskiy, wearing a dark green t-shirt, said in English, his voice hoarse. 

War broke out in Ukraine over a month ago after Russian military forces invaded areas in the country’s east, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians and reducing entire cities to rubble. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

Actor-turned-wartime-leader Zelenskiy, 44, has used nightly videos to great effect at home, often appearing unshaven and wearing a T-shirt, and has also beamed his image directly to parliaments around the world. 

He has pleaded with allies in speeches at the US Congress, Japanese National Diet, British and Australian parliaments and Israeli Knesset, and on Sunday chose an event dedicated to the universal language of music to spur support for his country.

“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos, they sing to the wounded, in hospitals, even to those who can’t hear them but the music will break through,” he said. –