‘SNL’ pays solemn tribute with ‘Prayer for Ukraine’ amid Kyiv invasion

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“Saturday Evening Dwell” didn’t go for laughs kicking off its first present after hiatus with host John Mulaney on Feb. 26.

After the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, intensified Saturday, “SNL” paid solemn tribute to the individuals of Ukraine with a strong choral model of “Prayer for Ukraine” throughout the usually raucous chilly open phase.

“SNL” members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Sturdy stood on the heart of the silent Studio 8H and launched the Ukrainian Refrain Dumka of New York. The unsmiling duo stepped apart to permit the traditionally-clad refrain to sing in entrance of candles and sunflowers, the Ukrainian nationwide flower.

With out fanfare, applause or laughter, McKinnon and Sturdy returned to heart stage on the track’s finish to introduce the present, revealing that the candles spelled out “Kyiv.” The sunflowers remained seen on the stage throughout Mulaney’s monologue. 

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