"Spencer" actress Kristen Stewart gave a powerful call from the 2022

Independent Spirit Awards podium

to support the people of Ukraine amid the invasion by Russian forces.

Stewart, honorary chairperson of the awards program focused on independent films,

spoke before giving out the award for best male lead actor

saying Sunday's Spirit Awards stand for freedom of expression, independence and humanity. 

Today we are compelled to stand with the people of Ukraine.

They are risking their lives to fight for those very things,