Russian celebrities — together with athletes, actors, and Eurovision stars — have additionally publicly denounced the invasion, placing their careers at great risk as a result of authorities’s heavy affect within the leisure trade. In an Instagram video, well-liked singer Valery Meladze pleaded for an finish to the invasion.
“Historical past would be the decide of those occasions,” Meladze mentioned. “However at the moment, I urge you, please cease the warfare.”
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 combating for and with whom?” Zelensky mentioned. “A lot of you could have been to Ukraine. A lot of you could have kin in Ukraine. Some have studied in Ukrainian universities. Some have made mates with Ukrainians. You realize our character. You realize our individuals. You realize our ideas.”
Zelensky additionally immediately addressed the individuals of Russia, urging them to face with Ukraine and let their very own authorities know they do not need warfare.
“I do know that my handle 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 wish to sit down on the desk with us for the sake of peace, possibly they’ll sit down on the desk with you. Do Russians need warfare? I wish to reply that query, however the reply relies upon solely on you.”