Madonna, U2, Elton John… The stars raise more than 10 billion euros for Ukraine

This weekend, many celebrities have mobilized on social networks to show their support for Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia for many weeks.

A multitude of personalities have, once again, given their support to Ukraine, which has been invaded for almost two months by Russia. And this weekend, much more than the others. Indeed, the world conference of donors, organized by the European Union and Canada, was held this Saturday. It follows the campaign, “Stand Up For Ukraine”, launched by the international organization, Global Citizen. For the occasion, great figures joined the event alongside world leaders. All with the same objective: to raise funds for Ukraine. Nearly 10 billion euros have been collected.

Among the artists who helped raise this sum, Elton John, Madonna, Billie Ellish, Celine Dion, U2, Hugh Jackman, Alanis Morissette, Katy Perry, and many others.

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On her Twitter account, the 63-year-old singer, Madonna, accompanied by her 16-year-old son, David Banda, shared with her 2.7 million subscribers an intimate cover of Elton John’s famous title, “Your song”. They also paid tribute to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. “Music brings people together,” President Zelensky said so eloquently last week at the Grammys,” she said, adding, “That’s why my son David Banda and I would like to give this gift, one of our favorite songs, in hopes that we can inspire people around the world to stand up and support the people of Ukraine”.

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A cover that was shared by the singer himself. “Thank you Madonna for using this cover of ‘Your Song’ to raise awareness for #StandUpForUkraine.”

Billie Eilish also shared a recent cover of her title “Your Power” with her brother, Finneas. A performance that sounds like “a call to action” and in “honor to the Ukrainian people”. “For world leaders, there are millions of Ukrainian refugees. We need you to answer the call, take immediate action and support them around the world,” the 20-year-old singer said.

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Celine Dion’s return to the screen

For her part, Celine Dion reappeared in a surprise video after many weeks of absence. The 54-year-old singer spoke directly to world leaders. “I support Ukraine. To all world leaders, we need you more than ever to answer the call of all: activists, advocates and volunteers working to support Ukrainian refugees.”

The singers Bono and The Edge, of the famous group “U2”, delivered an acoustic interpretation of their hit “Stroll On”. The lyrics, updated, were inspired by the Ukrainian people. “The brave people of Ukraine are fighting for their freedom and ours, in the face of unspeakable violence and an unjust invasion. Over 4 million people, mostly women and children, had to flee for their lives, a population similar in size to that of Ireland. World leaders must now stand with them, but also with those who are fighting and the refugees forced from their homes and lands.”

The group Måneskin has teased their new song, “We’re Gonna Dance on Gasoline”, in support of Ukraine. “Refugees from Ukraine and around the world need urgent humanitarian assistance. We use our voice to demand action, and you can too.”

73-year-old British singer Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon also expressed their “support” in a video. “What we have seen is heartbreaking, and we answer the call of those on the ground in Ukraine,” Sharon said. For his part, the one who is nicknamed The Prince of Darkness, declared that it was unthinkable to “leave the difficulties which these refugees face unanswered”.

For the event, Lenny Kravitz decided to share a photo of himself making the peace sign, while holding a sign that read: “Support Ukraine! Let love reign, not war”.

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