Bono said that he believes young Russians will overthrow President Putin during a visit in Ukraine to a war-ravaged village. This was after a surprise performance in Kyiv.
The U2 frontman claimed that the conflict was “one man’s war really” in apparent reference to Putin, who claims he invaded Ukraine to “de–nazify” it.
He stated that Russia’s younger citizens will be able to see the truth and that he believes that Russia’s younger citizens can throw out this man.
Bono spoke in Borodyanka, a town that was left shattered by the Russians after weeks of occupation, telling Sky News’s Mark Austin, “You can never really get a sense” of what the people went through, even though there was plenty of evidence.
Bono answered a question about his feelings by saying, “I don’t think words can express how they feel.”
Sunday Bloody Sunday, a song by Bono and the Edge in “show of solidarity” to Ukraine, had already roared through a Kyiv metro station earlier in the day.
The U2 song, which is about the Troubles of Northern Ireland, was performed by the rockstars. It’s a track from the 1983 album War.
Bono spoke in front of the ruins of an apartment block in Borodyanka and said, “The story that I wanted to tell today… was how many Ukrainians died fighting fascism and fighting the Nazis: almost eight million.”
“And then to call fascists, is just absurd.”
According to the Irish frontman, Volodymyr Zeleskyy, the Ukrainian president, invited them to perform in Kyiv.
Before Mr Zelenskyy became president, the band had met him and sent him a recording of a poem that was set to music. Bono replied.
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The president invited them to perform, and asked them to “please travel around the country, listen to stories.”
Outside the Ukrainian capital, The Edge stood alongside Bono and said to reporters: “Musicians, poets, and writers all have a role to play. We are a team that works with our music and our words.
“We are not politicians. We can only speak out against the horrors of the situation and say that it’s wrong.
“So, we’re here as witnesses to it.”
The small audience cheered Bono and Edge as they performed Ben E King’s Stand By Me. Some lyrics were changed to “Stand By Ukraine” during the earlier performance.
The Ukrainian singer TarasTopolia joined them at the Khreschatyk Metro Station.
Bono stated to the crowd that they were not fighting for their own freedom but for freedom for all.
The band was awarded an Amnesty International Ambassador Of Conscience Award in 2005 for combining music and the fight for human rights.