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Ukrainian Band Fighting In War Asks To Be Beamed Into Live Charity Concert In The UK

A Ukrainian band fighting in the war have used the power of social media to ask Ed Sheeran if they can perform at a charity concert in the U.K.

The Concert for Ukraine is taking place in Birmingham next week, with a stellar line-up, such as Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Manic Street Preachers.

It is expected to raise more than £3 million in proceeds to be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Antytila, the Ukrainian band currently defending their homeland against Russian forces, posted a video on TikTok asking to be beamed into the concert from Kyiv.

Dressed in military gear and standing in front of a bombed-out building, the band sent their request straight to Ed Sheeran.

"Hello Ed Sheeran, greetings from Kyiv! We are musicians of the Ukrainian band Antytila - one of the most popular Ukrainian bands with a lot of fans in Ukraine and all over the world. In peacetime, our concerts gathered stadiums," the band said in the video.

"The war has changed our lives, and now we are fighting with weapons against the Russian occupiers.

"We thank you, and all the British people for their support. Believe me, we are grateful, and we will always, always remember this.

"Today we learned about your charity concert for Ukraine, which will take place in Birmingham.

"Our band will play our music in Kyiv, a city that has not surrendered and will never surrender to the Russian occupiers."

The band went on to say they are "not afraid to play under bombs".

"Through music, we want to show the world that Ukraine is strong and unconquered."