Ellie Goulding reveals she traveled to Ukraine to participate in the First Ladies Summit | Ents & Arts News

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British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has revealed she traveled to Ukraine as a guest of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska.

She described her trip to speak at the First Ladies Summit as “one of the highest honours” and shared a video of her singing “a beautiful and powerful song in Ukrainian, ‘Chervona Kalyna’, a song by resistance” in Kyiv.

“I was determined to be there in person to pay tribute to the bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people,” wrote Ellie Goulding35 years old, on Instagram.

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She said she was inspired to visit as a result of her work as an ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), particularly after meeting an activist from Ukraine called Ilyess El Kortbi.

“In fact, every day, as a UNEP ambassador, I remember the immense contribution of Ukrainian climatologists, renewable energy experts and environmentalists of all types,” she wrote.

“They’re living through a horrible war funded by fossil fuels. They kind of find the courage to go on and work and campaign for all of humanity. So I always knew that if I had the chance, I’ll try to show off too.” her Instagram post explained.

“On the overnight train to Kyiv, I looked out the window and could make out the endless fields…a reminder that Ukraine is the breadbasket of the world, this bastion of culture, science and humanity is also a cradle of resistance and courage and commitment.

“I can’t tell you how moving this trip has been. Too much to put into words at the moment, but I stand in solidarity, admiration and respect for the people of Ukraine,” Ms Goulding wrote.

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