Benefit concert in Prague and call for the “Humanitarian Bridge” for besieged cities in Ukraine

Photo: Martina Schneibergová, Radio Prague International

The concert entitled “Let’s save Ukraine! – End of the war! ” it was organized by Polish public television (TVP) and broadcast in numerous countries as a television bridge. Even before the television broadcasts started, many people came to Prague’s Old Town Square. They carried Ukrainian flags and banners reading, among other things, “Hands off Ukraine” or “Stop the war”. The assembled crowd was greeted by the Ukrainian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Yevhen Perebyjnis:

Photo: Martina Schneibergová, Radio Prague International

“In addition to concrete help, your solidarity is important to us. Thanks to all who came. Dozens of TV stations will broadcast the concert and people in many countries will watch it. It gives us great strength when we see that the world is behind us. Dear Czech friends, thank you very much for your support! “

Dalibor Dědek |  Photo: Martina Schneibergová, Radio Prague International

On the podium, among others, writer Tereza Boučková and the head of the State Nuclear Safety Agency Dana Drábová expressed their support for Ukraine. The entrepreneur and patron Dalibor Dědek also spoke. He recently founded the ‘We must act’ initiative, which has now spread to many countries. This calls on the governments of democratic countries to save the lives of Ukrainians and build a humanitarian bridge to the besieged cities. Dědek explained the motivation for the initiative:

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“When I was eleven, the Russians invaded our country. I will never forget the moment my grandmother woke us up and she said it was war. Tanks rolled through the streets, Russian planes flew overhead. But now I have an even worse feeling. I feel guilty for belonging to that part of the world that didn’t stop Russian aggression in Ukraine when it could. It is good that we have stopped selling hamburgers to Russians and that we are blocking their finances. But even if everyone in the world scolded Putin on Facebook, that wouldn’t stop the tanks. “

Photo: Martina Schneibergová, Radio Prague International

He is convinced that the Ukrainians are fighting for all of us, Dědek stressed, noting:

“If we allow Putin to take over Ukraine, he will not stop there. Now we have the possibility, with the help of brave Ukrainians, to stop this madman.”

By Monday, around 7,000 people from different countries had signed the “We must act” call launched by Dědek. In the Czech Republic, the appeal was supported by senators Adéla Šípová and Lukáš Wagenknecht (both Pirate Party) and Marek Hilšer (independent) as well as by MEP Tomáš Zdechovský (Christian Democrat).

Volodymyr Zelenskii |  Photo: Martina Schneibergová, Radio Prague International

Famous bands and musicians, including Craig David and the band Imagine Dragons, performed on Sunday at the decentralized benefit concert, which was broadcast live in this country on Czech public television. Statements of solidarity were expressed by world leaders and protesters who followed the television broadcast in the market squares of several European cities – such as in Trafalgar Square in London or in front of the Duomo in Milan. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi received the biggest applause from the Prague audience in the Old Town Square. He assured that Ukraine will continue to fight even after a month of resistance against the Russian aggressors. Zelenskyy called on countries to supply more weapons to Ukraine, impose even tougher sanctions on Russia and continue to help refugees.

The Czech Republic was represented at the benefit concert by songwriter Tomáš Klus. He sang his newly created song for Ukraine.

Photo: Martina Schneibergová, Radio Prague International

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