The French actor will openly express his support for the Ukrainian president on September 23 at 1:30 pm as part of a special TV5 Monde program hosted by Cyril Viguier.
«I am fighting for Ukraine because what we are doing to them greatly saddens me. Ukraine live forever! In a report that will air on TV5 monde on Friday, Alain Delon declares his support for the Ukrainian cause. On November 8, just a few days before his 87th birthday, the Samurai will address President Volodymyr Zelensky directly. Zelensky, a former actor, must undoubtedly admire Delon’s career as a self-described autodidact who has worked with masters of the seventh art like Luchino Visconti, Jean-Pierre Melville, and René Clément.
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The meeting between Delon and Zelensky was described by Cyril Viguier as follows: “This exchange between the two men will be shown following the interview with the Ukrainian president on the program Facing the Territories.” This summit conference, according to the TV5 journalist, is the outcome of a protracted procedure that involved all of his channel’s employees: “It was all possible because of Yves Bigot, CEO of TV5 Monde. Technically, everything could be satellite-mounted.
Alain Delon was inspired to work for peace in Ukraine by Cyril Viguier because he was “overwhelmed by the images of children, families, animals all these tragedies of conflict.” Therefore, he choose a poem by Taras Shevchenko (1814–1861) to express his revolt and his thoughts on the Russian armies’ invasion of Ukraine. The finest romantic poet in his native Ukraine is thought to be a humanist. The Kyiv National University is named in his honor.
Reading the finest Ukrainian poet is Alain Delon.
These few Shevchenko verses, which Delon recited for the upcoming TV5 Monde documentary, somehow combine the tragic fates of the actor and Ukraine:
When I die, bury me in the ground that serves as a grave in the center of a vast plain in my beloved Ukraine so that I can see boundless fields, the Dnieper, and its steep banks, as well as hear its roaring waters when the Dnieper carries enemy blood away from Ukraine and toward the blue sea.
The Ukrainian ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko, was moved by the actor’s dedication and invited him to the Ukrainian Cultural Center 22, avenue de Messine, a private residence where Romy Schneider and Alain Delon formerly resided. The actor read another poem, this one by Paul Éluard, as a thank-you for his kindness: “And by the power of a word / I restart my existence / I was born to know you / To call you / Freedom.”
An excerpt from the TV5 Monde report on Alain Delon’s assistance to Ukraine, which aired at the end of September 2022