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Ukrainian rock band release single with Ed Sheeran, partly recorded on the front line against Russia

Ukrainian rock band Antytila ​​has released a new song with Ed Sheeran after it was partially recorded and filmed on the war front against Russia.

Members of Antytila, one of Ukraine’s biggest musical acts, were forced to stop working as musicians and join the army after Russian forces stormed their country more than two months ago.

And after an exchange on TikTok in March, where the band asked Ed Sheeran, 31, to live stream the Concert for Ukraine which was televised on March 29 on ITV.

Ukrainian rock band Antytila ​​have released a new song featuring Ed Sheeran after it was partially recorded and filmed on the front lines of the war against Russia, racking up over 1.2 million views on YouTube so far.

Ukrainian rock band Antytila ​​have released a new song featuring Ed Sheeran after it was partially recorded and filmed on the front lines of the war against Russia, racking up over 1.2 million views on YouTube so far.

In the clip of the British pop star, lead singer Taras Topolya, 34, said: “In times of peace, our concerts meet in stadiums, but the war has changed our lives and now we are fighting with weapons against the Russian occupiers.

“Today we learned about your benefit concert for Ukraine, which will take place in Birmingham, and we will offer to do a live broadcast between kyiv and Birmingham with Antytila ​​temporarily joining the concert remotely.

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

Members of Antytila, one of Ukraine's biggest musical acts, were forced to stop working as musicians and join the army after Russian forces stormed their country more than two months ago.  And after an exchange on TikTok in March, where the band asked Ed Sheeran, 31, to live stream the Concert for Ukraine (pictured) on March 29.

Members of Antytila, one of Ukraine’s biggest musical acts, were forced to stop working as musicians and join the army after Russian forces stormed their country more than two months ago. And after an exchange on TikTok in March, where the band asked Ed Sheeran, 31, to live stream the Concert for Ukraine (pictured) on March 29.

‘We are not afraid to play under the bombs. Through music we want to show that Ukraine is strong and non-conformist. We will fight and sing for victory in front of everyone who supports us.’

Although the Ukrainian band did not appear in the concert lineup, they did collaborate with Ed Sheeran on a single released Monday, with proceeds going to help the people of Ukraine.

The concert organizers, which included Ed Sheeran himself, turned down the offer to play live from kyiv due to the rock band’s association with the military.

Lead singer Topolya said that’s why Ed Sheeran’s team proposed the collaboration on a song, called 2step.

The concert organizers, which included Ed Sheeran himself, turned down the offer to play live from kyiv due to the rock band's association with the military.  Lead singer Topolya said that's why Ed Sheeran's team proposed collaborating on a song, called 2step (the band pictured before trading his life in show business for a life on the front lines).

The concert organizers, which included Ed Sheeran himself, turned down the offer to play live from kyiv due to the rock band’s association with the military. Lead singer Topolya said that’s why Ed Sheeran’s team proposed collaborating on a song, called 2step (the band pictured before trading his life in show business for a life on the front lines).

Since then, the music video has amassed over 1.2 million views on Antytila’s YouTube channel.

Topolia told the BBC: ‘Ed feels that pain, compassion and sympathy for the Ukrainian people.

‘It has already raised awareness of the situation in Ukraine and this process continues. I am very happy that a famous singer supports the Ukrainians.’

He added: ‘Ed Sheeran, his team and others understand that we need help and support to survive and win. And I am very grateful for this.

Ed Sheeran starred alongside Emeli Sande, Gregory Porter Snow Patrol, Camila Cabello, Anne Marie and many other stars raising a total of £13.4 million to help those suffering in the war-torn country.

Since then, the music video has amassed over 1.2 million views on Antytila's YouTube channel.  Topolya (centre) said:

Since then, the music video has amassed over 1.2 million views on Antytila’s YouTube channel. Topolya (centre) said: “Ed feels that pain, compassion and sympathy for the Ukrainian people.”

Thousands of fans gathered at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham to see a variety of performers for the telethon, hosted by Emma Bunton, Marvin Humes and Roman Kemp.

In response to Antytila’s request in March, the Grammy Award-winning singer took to his Instagram stories and said: ‘Hey guys, I just saw your video this morning, thank you so much for sending it.

“First of all, I just wanted to say to all Ukrainians: I love you, I support you and I am very proud to participate in this fundraising event next week.”

“I can’t wait to hear your music guys and I’m sending you lots of love.”

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