British pop star Elton John has used an AIDS charity concert in Kyiv on Saturday to call on Ukraine to stop the persecution of LGBT people.
The two hour concert was part of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament co-hosted by Ukraine.
John spoke to fans about gay bashings he had been reading about in the country.
‘Recently I read about violence against gay people in Ukraine. Beating up gay people is wrong. This for me does not symbolize Ukraine,’ John said.
‘I plead with you: Stop the violence against gay people.’