U2 perform surprise concert at bomb shelter in Ukraine

Bono and The Edge of U2 visited Ukraine today and performed at a bomb shelter in Kiev after being invited by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The rock band shared the news in a Twitter post today in a move to show solidarity with the people of the war-torn country.

“President @ZelenskyyUa invited us to play in Kiev as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and that’s what we came to do. – Bono and The Edge #StandWithUkraine.”

Dublin natives played to a small crowd of fans and members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

In videos shared online, the duo can be seen performing the Ben E King classic Stand By Me alongside Ukrainian soldiers at the subway station that now serves as an air raid shelter.

Bono also sang the band’s 1987 hit With or Without You.

During a break, the 61-year-old praised Ukraine’s fight for freedom.

“There is no place in the world we would rather be today than in the great city of Kiev,” he said.

“The people in Ukraine are not just fighting for their own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom.”

Separately, US First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with the country’s first lady, Olena Zelenska.

Biden traveled under the cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest high-profile American to enter Ukraine during its 10-week conflict with Russia.

“I wanted to come for Mother’s Day,” she told Mrs. Zelenska. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to stop and that this war was brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine.”

The first lady traveled by vehicle to the city of Uzhhorod, about a 10-minute drive from a Slovak village that borders Ukraine. She spent about two hours in Ukraine.

The two gathered in a small classroom, sitting at each other’s desks and talking in front of reporters before meeting in private.

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