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Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie lead stars in ITV's Concert For Ukraine


Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie were among stars gracing the stage for ITV’s Concert For Ukraine on Tuesday, hoping to raise funds to help those suffering in the war-torn country.

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

ITV first announced their star-studded Concert For Ukraine earlier this month in the hope of raising funds for the The DEC which is helping the millions of people who are being forced to leave their lives in Ukraine and flee to other countries.

Gorgeous: Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie (pictured) were among stars gracing the stage for ITV's Concert For Ukraine on Tuesday, hoping to raise funds to help those suffering in the war-torn country

Gorgeous: Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie (pictured) were among stars gracing the stage for ITV’s Concert For Ukraine on Tuesday, hoping to raise funds to help those suffering in the war-torn country

Kicking off the star-studded concert were The Snow Patrol who delivered a rendition of their hit single Run for the thousands in attendance.

Emeli Sande also took to the stage with an uplifting rendition of her song Better Days alongside The Kingdom Choir, wowing in a Grecian-style flowing green dress.

Tom Odell also wowed viewers with his own song Another Love, which has become an anthem for many Ukranians fleeing their home country, featuring in many TikToks and social media clips.

Amazing: Kicking off the star-studded concert were The Snow Patrol who delivered a rendition of their hit single Run for the thousands in attendance

Showman: Gary Lightbody performed one of the band's most iconic tracks as the band opened the star-studded concerty

Showman: Gary Lightbody performed one of the band's most iconic tracks as the band opened the star-studded concerty

Showman: Gary Lightbody performed one of the band’s most iconic tracks as the band opened the star-studded concerty

So many stars: The charity special was hosted by Marvin Humes, Emma Bunton and Roman Kemp

Raising funds: They took to the stage in front of thousands of fans at The Resort World Arena in Birminghan

So many stars: The charity special was hosted by Marvin Humes, Emma Bunton and Roman Kemp, who took to the stage in front of thousands of fans at The Resort World Arena in Birmingham

In a tribute to broadcasters who were putting their lives on the line during the devastating conflict, legendary news reporter Sir Trevor McDonald offered his thanks to those covering the devastating war. 

Anne-Marie delighted fans with her own performance, sporting a simple white co-ord consisting of an oversized white jacket and matching flared trousers. 

Ahead of the concert, host Emma posed for a slew of photos in a gorgeous Queen Of Archive ensemble, which was laced with a touch of the 60s in the form of a double ruffle neck and cuff. 

Stunning: Emeli Sande also took to the stage with an uplifting rendition of her song Better Days

Gorgeous: She wowed in a Grecian-style flowing green dress

Stunning: Emeli Sande also took to the stage with an uplifting rendition of her song Better Days wowing in a Grecian-style flowing green dress

Stellar: She was joined by London-based The Kingdom Choir for her uplifting performance

Stellar: She was joined by London-based The Kingdom Choir for her uplifting performance

Stellar: Tom Odell also wowed viewers with his own song Another Love, which has become an anthem for many Ukranians fleeing their home country, featuring in many TikToks and social media clips

Stellar: Tom Odell also wowed viewers with his own song Another Love, which has become an anthem for many Ukranians fleeing their home country, featuring in many TikToks and social media clips

Energetic: Anne-Marie delighted fans with her own performance, sporting a simple white co-ord consisting of an oversized white jacket and matching flared trousers

Energetic: Anne-Marie delighted fans with her own performance, sporting a simple white co-ord consisting of an oversized white jacket and matching flared trousers

The live televised concert brought together some of the biggest names in the music industry to raise money for the humanitarian appeal in the war-torn country. 

Donations will go directly to The DEC, which is helping the millions of people who are being forced to leave their lives in Ukraine and flee to other countries. 

ITV is also donating all advertising revenue from the broadcast – an estimated £3 million – to the DEC appeal.

Concertgoers in Birmingham have paid up to £52 for tickets, with all tax raised from the sales – around £100,000 – donated to the DEC appeal.  

Speaking about the event, Havana songstress Camila said: ‘My heart is breaking for the people of Ukraine. As refugees from Ukraine join millions of other displaced people around the globe, we all have a responsibility.

‘One of the biggest needs is to get funds to organisations who can serve these communities directly, so we’re focusing our efforts on doing that as quickly as we can.’  

While Next To Me singer Emeli added: ‘I will be singing to try to help every human being forced to flee their home and in solidarity with those being racially discriminated against even within this humanitarian crisis.

‘Nobody should be refused access to relief, aid and the right to cross the border to safety, and I’m pleased for the chance to support the DEC’s appeal to help all people whose lives have been affected by the conflict.’ 

On Tuesday it was revealed that Russia is already starting to withdraw some of its forces from the Kyiv region after announcing it would ‘radically reduce’ military activity at peace talks in Turkey.

US and UK intelligence identified movements in Kremlin Battalion Tactical Groups around the capital after deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin said their troops would start to scale back operations in Kyiv and Chernihiv. 

Backstage: The singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to promote the fundraiser, where proceeds will go to Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Beauty: Emma teamed the dress with tights and chunky black wedges

Backstage: The singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to promote the fundraiser, where proceeds will go to Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Downing Street said: ‘There has been some reduction in Russian bombardment around Kyiv, largely because Ukrainian forces have been successfully pushing back the Russian offensives in the northwest of the city.

‘But fighting continues. There’s heavy bombardment in Mariupol and other areas. So we don’t want to see anything less than a complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory.’

Security officials believe the move is an acknowledgement of Russia’s failure to encircle and capture Kyiv in a matter of days, as had been planned at the onset of the invasion.

Turkey hailed the move as the ‘most significant progress’ in negotiations so far and it will raise hopes that Putin will ease off his savage bombardment of Russia’s neighbour.

Devastating: The horrific damage Russia has inflicted on Ukraine has forced millions to flee their homes, travelling west (pictured is the town of Trostianets, in the Sumy region, on March 28)

Devastating: The horrific damage Russia has inflicted on Ukraine has forced millions to flee their homes, travelling west (pictured is the town of Trostianets, in the Sumy region, on March 28)

Fomin said: ‘The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has taken the decision to radically reduce combat operations in the Kyiv and Chernihiv areas in order to boost mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and for the signing of the aforementioned agreement.’

Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said there had been a ‘meaningful discussion’ at the talks which were also attended by Roman Abramovich, a day after it was revealed he had been poisoned at a previous meeting with Ukrainian diplomats.

Both Ukraine and Russia said the talks have also paved the way for a face-to-face meeting between Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky.

Raising funds: Donations will go directly to The DEC, which is helping the millions of people who are being forced to leave their lives in Ukraine and flee to other countries (Kyiv is pictured on March 29)

Raising funds: Donations will go directly to The DEC, which is helping the millions of people who are being forced to leave their lives in Ukraine and flee to other countries (Kyiv is pictured on March 29)

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