Russian celebrities — together with athletes, actors, and Eurovision stars — have additionally publicly denounced the invasion, placing their careers at nice danger because of the authorities’s heavy affect within the leisure business. In an Instagram video, standard singer Valery Meladze pleaded for an finish to the invasion.
“Historical past would be the choose of those occasions,” Meladze mentioned. “However at the moment, I encourage you, please cease the battle.”
On Wednesday, simply earlier than the invasion started, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a televised speech calling for peace and highlighting the shut ties between Russia and Ukraine.
“That is our land. That is our historical past. What are you preventing for and with whom?” Zelensky mentioned. “A lot of you may have been to Ukraine. A lot of you may have kinfolk in Ukraine. Some have studied in Ukrainian universities. Some have made pals with Ukrainians. You recognize our character. You recognize our folks. You recognize our ideas.”
Zelensky additionally instantly addressed the folks of Russia, urging them to face with Ukraine and let their very own authorities know they do not need battle.
“I do know that my tackle to you received’t be proven on Russian tv, however the residents of Russia ought to see it. They need to know the reality, and the reality is that this must cease earlier than it’s too late,” he mentioned. “And if the management of Russia doesn’t need to sit down on the desk with us for the sake of peace, perhaps they’ll sit down on the desk with you. Do Russians need battle? I wish to reply that query, however the reply relies upon solely on you.”