The best ballet artists ‘Dance for Ukraine’ at a charity event

March 20 (Reuters) – Away from the fighting in Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian ballet dancers rubbed shoulders in London on Saturday at a charity event that brought together some of the world’s leading dance artists for humanitarian aid in this war-torn Eastern European country.

About 20 dancers, with shimmering bodies and graceful movements, received thunderous applause from the crowded auditorium of the London Coliseum theater for the “Dance for Ukraine” gala.

“We have so many loved ones at home. We couldn’t sit idly by at home and just watch the news, we wanted to do something,” Ivan Putrov, who is from Ukraine and told Reuters. organized the event with the Romanian Alina Cojocaru.

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Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, an attack Moscow calls a “special operation” to demilitarize its neighbor.

The UN human rights office said at least 847 civilians were killed and 1,399 injured in Ukraine on Friday. More than 3.3 million refugees have fled Ukraine across its western border, with around 2 million others internally displaced.

Some audience members were draped in the Ukrainian flag for the event, with dancers from many countries including Brazil, Italy and Britain bringing glamor to the stage lit in shades of yellow and blue.

Katja Khaniukova from Ukraine and Natalia Osipova from Russia were among those who participated. There were also dancers from the United States, France, Japan and Argentina at the event, which organizers say raised at least 140,000 pounds ($184,520.00) for the appeal of the Disaster Emergency Committee for Ukraine.

“So many artists have contacted us to join us, so it’s inspiring to see how the support is overwhelming from the people, but we need more support in Ukraine, more support from different governments to around the world,” Putrov said.

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Written by Muralikumar Anantharaman; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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