A Ukrainian pop star who is currently defending his country from Russian troops thanked Ed Sheeran for his concert for Ukraine yesterday. Before Russia invaded his country, Taras Topolia was the lead singer of pop-rock group Antytila and traveled the world with the band members.
Just last week, the band gained momentum by sending a message from the front to Ed Sheeran asking them to perform at a concert in Ukraine last night (March 29). While the band did not perform during the two-hour benefit show, Taras has now recorded a video from the front thanking Ed for his presence at the concert.
Talas, in uniform, said: “I want to thank all Ukrainians for helping us and attending future concerts. This is very important for Ukrainians because my colleagues in the band Antytila and I are fighting the Ukrainian army, but Our families, our wives and children are not with us and they need help like millions from war-torn cities fleeing.
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“So, this concert, with or without Antitila, will help our women, our children and others in need. So I just want to say thank you, Ed Sheeran, for helping us in the UK citizen.
“It’s really impressed us. It’s very exciting for us because we know that the people who are praying for us here and here in Europe are helping us. It’s the only way we can win this war.”
Last week, Ed Sheeran responded to Antitytila’s frontman with a video. The Bad Habit star said: “I just want to say to all Ukrainians, I love you, I support you and I’m proud to be at the fundraiser next week.
“Guys, I can’t wait to try your music too. I send a lot of love.”
Before the war, Taras Topolia was the leading rock band Antytila, formed in 2007. Over the years, the band has released six studio albums and performed in more than 50 cities in its home country.