Bono and Edge are hosting a surprise show in the Ukrainian capital

Bono and The Edge performed a surprise concert yesterday at an air raid shelter in Kyiv to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

The Dublin rockers performed with local soldiers following an invitation from President Volodymr Zelensky.

Footage of the performance in the Khreschatyk metro station went viral after it surfaced on social media.

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The footage came after U2 posted the news on Twitter saying: “President Zelensky invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we came to do. Bono and The Edge are alongside Ukraine.

Bono praised the people of the country they fight for their “freedom” during the show.

The stars performed some of their classics, including Sunday Bloody Sunday and With or Without You, following air raid sirens that were heard throughout the night.

Bono said: “Ukrainians are not only fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom. We pray that you will soon enjoy this peace.

He also acknowledged Ireland’s own struggles and conflicts and the sometimes difficult relationship it had with the UK.

Bono and The Edge were joined by Ukrainian singer Taras Topolya from the band Antytila ​​who is now serving in the military.

In a tweet from the Good Morning Ukraine account, it read “kyiv Metro. Just legendary Bono from U2 sings with Taras Topola. We are unbreakable. We are invincible. The whole world supports us. Glory to Ukraine!”

Together in front of an audience, they sang Ben E King’s Stand By Me replacing me with Ukraine.

As he began Angel of Harlem, Bono told the crowd that of all the cities and towns in the world, including Tokyo, Sydney, Chicago as well as “Athlone and Kinnegad”, there was “nowhere in the world where we would rather be today”. than in the big city of kyiv”.

During the Balkan conflict in the 1990s, U2 played a leading role in supporting the people of Sarajevo when their city was under siege.

Along with Pavarotti, the group released the hit song Passengers -Miss Sarajevo to raise funds and awareness. A Bosnian activist who narrowly escaped a bomb blast that killed 71 people in Sarajevo more than 20 years ago paid tribute to U2 yesterday saying Ukrainians are ‘suffering like us’.

On May 25, 1995, Alema Misilo Sadikovic, then 18, was caught in a grenade explosion during the siege of Sarajevo, in which 12,000 people and more than 1,000 children lost their lives.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Alema, now 47, praised U2 for their hit song about Sarajevo, which featured original footage from a beauty contest held in the city during the war – for show how life went during one of the worst wars in years. time.

She said: “I was moved to see U2 perform in Kyiv. They also support my people in Sarajevo. This song means so much to the Bosnian people even today.

“At the time, U2 came to see us, they were doing a show, they wanted to help. We’ve always loved U2 for that.”

Alema was hit and seriously injured in a T84 tank bombing that killed 71 people. She was hit in the hip and leg and still has shrapnel in her body.

She said: “I am very proud to have survived this war.

“Like Ukrainians, Bosnians are strong people.”

The war in Bosnia began in 1992 after Muslims and Croats voted for independence in a referendum boycotted by Serbs.

Sarajevo, which is surrounded by mountains, was besieged for three years, but residents continued to go to work and go to school.

They even held a beauty pageant where the women in the competition carried a “Please don’t kill us” sign, which was later made famous in the U2 video.

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Christi C. Elwood