Cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong stood center stage at Studio 8H and introduced viewers to the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York.
The choir then sang “Prayer for Ukraine” as the live audience sat silently.
McKinnon and Strong then returned to the stage and said the show’s signature catch phrase, “Live… From New York. It’s Saturday night.”
But instead of immediately cutting to the show’s opening credits, the camera panned to candles that were sitting in front of McKinnon and Strong on a table.
The candles were positioned to spell out “Kyiv,” the Ukrainian capital.