Ukrainian president encourages Glastonbury festival-goers to stand up for freedom

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Glastonbury Music Festival in Somerset, England, on Friday June 24, in a video released ahead of the Libertines set.

In the video, Zelensky calls Glastonbury “the greatest concentration of freedom today” and encourages the crowd to “spread the truth about the Russian war”.

According to social networks posts, The Libertines, who performed after Zelensky’s speech, chanted the Ukrainian president’s name during their performance. Credit: Office of the President of Ukraine via Storyful

Video Transcript

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Greetings Glastonbury. The festival resumes this year after a two-year break. The pandemic suspended the lives of millions of people around the world, but did not break out. We in Ukraine would also like to live life as before and enjoy the freedom and those wonderful summers. But we can’t do it because the worst happened. Russia stole our peace.

But we will not let Russia’s war break us. And we will want to stop the war before it ruins people’s lives in other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America. They are all threatened now. That’s why I turn to you for help. Glastonbury is the greatest concentration of freedom today. And I ask you to share this sentiment with all those whose freedom is threatened.

Spread the truth about Russia’s war. Help Ukrainians forced to flee their homes because of war. Find our charity platform United24 and lobby all the politicians you know to help bring peace to Ukraine.

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. Thanks.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

[CHEERING]

Jan G. Gilbert