Zelenskyy condemns horrific devastation near kyiv, pleads for Grammys support: LIVE UPDATES

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Polish PM calls on EU to sever all ties with Russia after Bucha massacre

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called on the European Union to enact “sanctions that actually work” to derail Russia’s economy following “acts of genocide” in the Bucha massacre.

“The Bucha massacre is more than a wake-up call for Europe and the world,” Morawiecki said in a statement.

“It is a terrible cry for justice, freedom and the right to life; for fundamental and universal values,” he added. “The EU must confiscate all Russian assets in its Western banks as well as those of Russian oligarchs. It must sever all trade relations with Russia without delay.”

“European money must stop flowing to the Kremlin. Putin’s criminal and increasingly totalitarian regime needs one thing imposed on it: SANCTIONS THAT ACTUALLY WORK.

Ukrainian singer Siuzanna Iglidan and John Legend perform ‘Free’ at the Grammys

Ukrainian musician and opera singer Siuzanna Iglidan performed at the Grammys alongside award-winning American artist John Legend.

The duo, who sang “Free”, were joined by Ukrainian singer-actress Mika Newton and poet Lyuba Yakimchuk.

The performance followed a video address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, where he encouraged people to sing and play music to “fill the silence” caused by his country’s war with Russia.

“Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos,” Zelenskyy said. “We are fighting against Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs. Dead silence. Fill the silence with your music.

“Tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on television. Support us in every way possible, but not silence. And then peace will come to all our cities,” added the Ukrainian president.

Ahead of her performance, Iglidan said she was “honoured” to represent her country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zelenskyy addresses the Grammys: ‘What’s more opposed to music?’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday in a pre-recorded speech that highlighted his country’s suffering.

“War. What is more opposed to music? The silence of ruined cities and slain people,” Zelenskyy said. “Our children draw swooping rockets, not shooting stars. Over 400 children have been injured and 153 children have died, and we will never see them draw. Our parents are happy to wake up in the morning in shelters bombproof, but alive. Our loved ones don’t know if we’ll be together again. The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence.”

“Our musicians wear bulletproof vests instead of tuxedos,” he continued. “They sing for the wounded in the hospitals. Even to those who cannot hear them. But the music will still pierce. We defend our freedom. To live. To love. To appear. horrible with its bombs. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today. Tell our story. Tell the truth about the war on your social media and on TV. But not silent.”

Zelenskyy condemns horrific devastation

When Russian forces retreated from the area around Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, they left horrific scenes in their wake. Bodies wrapped in black tarpaulin lay in a mass grave on the outskirts of kyiv. In another village, the bodies of a mayor, her husband and son, and a man believed to be a Ukrainian serviceman, also lie in a muddy pit behind a field with houses where Russian forces had slept.

Zelenskyy addressed those scenes in his address in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Presidents don’t usually save addresses like this. But today I have to say exactly that,” the president said. “After what was revealed in Bucha and our other towns, the occupiers were evicted. Hundreds of people were killed. Civilians tortured and executed. been mined!”

“The widespread consequences of looting,” he added. “Concentrated evil has come to our land. Murderers. Torturers. Rapists. Raiders. Who call themselves the army. And who only deserve death after what they have done.”

“I want every mother of every Russian soldier to see the bodies of those killed in Bucha, in Irpin, in Hostomel. What did they do ? Why were they killed? What did the man riding his bike down the street do? Why were ordinary civilians in an ordinary peaceful town tortured to death? Why were women strangled after their earrings were ripped out of their ears? How could women be raped and killed in front of children? How could their corpses have been desecrated even after their death? Why did they crush people’s bodies with tanks? What has the Ukrainian town of Bucha done to your Russia? How did all this become possible?

“Russian mothers! Even if you raised looters, how did they also become butchers? You can’t ignore what’s inside your children. You can’t ignore that they’re deprived of all that is human. No soul. No heart. They killed deliberately and with pleasure”, the the president said.

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