Glastonbury Festival 2022: President Zelensky addresses the crowd – Watch here

Volodymyr Zelensky described Glastonbury as “the greatest concentration of freedom” as he addressed the festival calling on the world to “spread the truth” about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Telling crowds 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 out.

“We in Ukraine would also like to live life as before and enjoy the freedom and this wonderful summer, but we cannot because the most terrible thing has happened – Russia has stolen our peace.

Watch Volodymyr Zelensky’s video message broadcast at Glastonbury 2022

“That is why I look to you in support of Glastonbury, the greatest concentration of freedom today and ask that you share this sentiment with all those whose freedom is under threat.”

Mr Zelensky said Ukraine ‘will not let Russia’s war break us’ and wants the war to end before it ‘ruins the lives of people in other countries of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America”.

“Spread the truth about Russia’s war, help Ukrainians who are forced to flee their homes because of the war,” he said.

“Time is priceless and every day is measured in human 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 translates to “glory to Ukraine” in English, which was met with loud, rolling cheers and applause among those gathered on the Worthy Farm stage, Somerset.

Mr Zelensky also called on people to visit his charity platform United24, which collects donations to help Ukraine’s response to the Russian invasion.

Jan G. Gilbert