The civilian death toll continues to rise in Ukraine, with Russia stepping up its bombardment of several key cities as the invasion enters its eleventh day. As a result of recent events, several musical groups and artists have retired from performing in Russia. Now, in a recent interaction, Gene Simmons of KISS urged all musical groups to cancel their concerts in Russia to stand in solidarity with war-stricken Ukraine.
Gene Simmons says ‘Don’t play in Russia’
For the uninitiated, Israeli-American band KISS has dropped Russia from their tour schedule. Speaking on the same subject, the singer and bassist said TMZ that musical groups around the world should unite in condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military aggression against Ukraine. According to Simmons, everyone should prioritize the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war over his rock concert.
He further claimed that everyone who staged shows in Russia was indirectly giving a boost to Putin and his current attack on the nearby city of Kiev. Since the invasion launched in Ukraine, a large number of groups have shown their support for Ukraine amidst the humanitarian crisis. Bands like Imagine Dragons, Gorillaz and many others have already stopped performing in Russia.
On February 25, Imagine Dragons showed their support for the war-affected nation by displaying the flag of Ukraine on their official Instagram account. In doing so, the band also announced that they had canceled all of their Russian concerts until further notice. A statement released by the band read: “In light of recent events, we are sad to announce that our concerts in Russia and Ukraine are canceled until further notice. Our hearts go out to Ukraine and all other who suffer from this useless war.”
It is pertinent to note that reports of Russian airstrikes hitting a school in the Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr, west of Kyiv, have recently surfaced. On Sunday, March 6, a 5-member team from Republic Media Network traveled to Zhytomyr to share live updates from the Ukrainian city. Republic’s Shawan Sen reported live from the site of the Russian aerial bombardment. Footage from the Ukrainian city saw massive damage in the war zone, where the whole city had been reduced to rubble, allegedly by the Russian Sukhoi strike.
Amid all the chaos, the third round of talks between Ukraine and Russia will take place on Monday, said Davyd Arakhamia, parliamentary faction leader of Zelensky’s Servant of the People’s Party and a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the talks. The previous round of talks was held in Belarus. Further details, including where the third peace talks will take place, have yet to be disclosed.
Image: Instagram/@genesimmons, AP
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