During the charity event Stand Up For Ukraine, 9.1 billion euros were raised to help Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons fleeing the fighting. This was stated by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on her Twitter account.
A fundraising event was held in Warsaw – this is the culmination of the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign, in which numerous Western politicians, public figures, cultural figures and ordinary citizens participate. The campaign began on March 25, 2022 at the initiative of the European Commission and the Government of Canada together with the international human rights organization Global Citizen.
In addition to Ursula von der Leyen, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda took part in the event in Warsaw. On the eve of it, many famous world performers, representatives of show business, athletes and human rights activists recorded videos in support of the campaign.
The band U2 recorded the song Walk On Ukraine within its framework.”The brave people of Ukraine are fighting for their freedom – and for ours too – in the face of unspeakable violence and unjust invasion. More than four million people, mostly women and children, were forced to flee, and this is almost the population of Ireland. World leaders must stand up and support Ukrainians now – those who are fighting and those who were forced to leave their homes and their lands,” the group said in a statement.
John Lennon’s son Julian Lennon recorded his father’s song Imagine for the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign. “The war in Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy… As a person and as an artist, I felt obliged to react in the most significant way. So today, for the first time, I publicly performed my dad’s song IMAGINE,” he said.
The song in support of Ukraine was recorded by one of the most famous young pop music stars, Billy Eilish.
Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Celine Dion, Elton John, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and other artists agreed to take part in the action.
Von der Leyen came to Warsaw from Ukraine, where the day before she visited the city of Bucha and saw with her own eyes the exhumation of the bodies of people who died during the Russian occupation. According to her, she is convinced that the Russian military has committed war crimes in Ukraine, including the indiscriminate killing of civilians and attacks on residential buildings. The head of the European Commission stressed that the exact qualification of the actions of the Russian military should be given by lawyers following the results of the investigation.
EU representatives, following the United States, say that Russia is also responsible for the missile strike on Kramatorsk, in which more than 50 civilians were killed. The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the missile was Ukrainian.