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In this photo from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the nation in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has an unusual new partner in his campaign to defend his country: Global Citizen, the international non-profit organization that fights extreme poverty.

Zelenskyy and Global Citizen released the first of what they hope will be daily calls to action for the nonprofit’s millions of members, as well as its government, business and philanthropic partners, on Sunday. The video messages will feature Zelenskyy speaking about Ukraine’s battle against Russia, as well as steps supporters can take to help, provided by Global Citizen.

The Ukrainian president’s first message asked for the world’s help in defending his country against what he described as terrorist acts by Russia. In the video, Zelenskyy cited Russia’s bombardment of Ukrainian cities and the firing at a nuclear power plant.

Global Citizen said it hopes this unique partnership will encourage people to stay informed about the humanitarian crisis and how to respond to it. Although Zelenskyy’s video statements continue to be covered by news agencies around the world, Global Citizen wanted to broadcast his remarks in full, said the group’s CEO, Hugh Evans.

“We think it’s important that people can hear directly from the leader who inspires people the most,” said Evans. “It’s about creating a regular cadence and releasing it simultaneously on all major technology platforms around the world, so that the whole world can hear directly from the President of Ukraine.”

As he has done in recent videos and interviews, Zelenskyy on Sunday called on NATO to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine and asked countries to provide his country with air power. so that it can better defend itself, including fighter jets and missile defense systems.

Evans said Global Citizen will publish Zelenskyy’s calls for military action, though he supports them with humanitarian demands. Sunday’s post was accompanied by a call for members of Global Citizen to call on governments to provide the United Nations with funding for humanitarian aid.

Last week, the United Nations said $1.7 billion would be needed to support relief efforts, estimating that 12 million people in Ukraine and 4 million refugees could need relief and protection within months. future.

“As an anti-poverty organization, Global Citizen’s actions will focus on humanitarian response, not military response,” said Evans. “We call on governments and businesses to support the United Nations’ $1.7 billion emergency appeal.”

Evans’ group has in the past hosted high-profile events like the annual Global Citizen Live festival that has garnered billions in aid from governments, corporations and philanthropists to fight poverty.

While Global Citizen has no prior relationship with Zelenskyy, it has had a working relationship with the Ukrainian government, donating to education programs since 2014, including Education Cannot Wait, which Evans said provides a another grant this week. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Global Citizen reached out to the government to see how they could help.

“We have been inspired by what President Zelenskyy has done to demonstrate his own courage and fortitude,” said Evans. “From Global Citizen’s perspective, we have always had a clear mission to eradicate extreme poverty. And when there is such a huge humanitarian crisis, we always try to do everything we can.

That includes throwing his support behind Zelenskyy.

“When the world is faced with such a challenge of existential choice, like the invasion of Ukraine, I think what I’ve seen is this kind of collective consciousness all drawn to its courage and fortitude.” , said Evans. “He created an environment of hope, where many people felt completely helpless.”

Evans said the conflict between Ukraine and Russia raises many thorny questions – how NATO avoids direct conflict with a nuclear power, whether sanctions are the most effective way for the rest of the world to respond, how best respond to the humanitarian crisis of 1.5 million people. refugees.

“There is no better person to talk to than the man leading the resistance – Zelenskyy himself,” Evans added.

Evans said there is “big appetite” among Global Citizen members for concrete actions they can take to help.

“We hope that by adding specific actions to President Zelenskyy’s daily call to action, we will be able to help citizens or business leaders, or in some cases policy makers to be in able to respond appropriately,” he added. he said.

In his video call to action, Zelenskyy asked people around the world to think about how they would react if hospitals, schools or residential areas in their cities were attacked.

“What would you do if terrorists destroyed them completely with missiles, air raids, bombs, as is happening here in Ukraine?


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