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Universal Music Group has been awarded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s ‘Ukraine Peace Prize’ for its relief efforts since the Russian invasion of the country.

“The company was one of the first to support Ukraine and join the sanctions against Russia. UMG is the first music company in the world to receive such an award,” said Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna. “Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Universal Music has proven that they are true friends of Ukraine and entertainment/culture sphere shouldn’t stand aside the war.”

UMG suspended its operations in Russia in March this year, as well as closing its offices there. It has since supported aid organisations, fundraising events and social-media rallies globally, as well as through its local offices around the world.

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