‘Depart them children alone’: Why Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and the Ukrainian first girl Olena Zelenska have fallen out | World Information


The Ukrainian first girl has advised Pink Floyd co-creator Roger Waters to again off from criticising her husband over the Russian invasion – and advised him bluntly to “ask Putin for peace” as an alternative.

Waters wrote an open letter to Olena Zelenska wherein he blamed “excessive nationalists” in Ukraine for having “set your nation on the trail to this disastrous warfare”.

Angered by his feedback, a metropolis councillor within the Polish metropolis of Krakow – the place Waters and his band have been because of play dwell subsequent spring – scheduled a vote on declaring the musician a “persona non grata”, and now the concert events have been cancelled.

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Lukasz Wantuch stated: “Permitting Roger Waters, an open supporter of Putin, to play in Krakow… could be shameful for our metropolis.

“Let him sing in Moscow.”

Mrs Zelenska advised Waters in a Twitter response to his open letter, which was posted on Fb, that it was “Russia that invaded Ukraine, destroys cities and kills civilians”.

She went on: “Ukrainians defend their land and their youngsters’s future. If we surrender – we is not going to exist tomorrow.

“If Russia provides up – warfare might be over.”

She concluded, tagging Water instantly: “You’d higher ask RF’s President for peace. Not Ukraine.”

An official with the Tauron Enviornment in Krakow, the place Waters was scheduled to carry out two concert events in April, stated they might not happen.

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Poland has been a staunch ally of its neighbour and for the reason that invasion in February has taken in greater than 1,000,000 refugees fleeing throughout the border.

Lukasz Pytko advised Polish media: “Roger Waters’ supervisor determined to withdraw – with out giving any cause.”

The web site for Waters’ This Is Not a Drill live performance tour not lists the 2 Krakow concert events beforehand scheduled for subsequent April.

Waters, 79, hit again on Sunday, saying his crew didn’t cancel the gigs.

Underneath a monochrome {photograph} of him, with the phrases “human rights” in neon above, he wrote in capitals, referencing the lyrics of the basic Pink Floyd track, One other Brick within the Wall:


In his authentic letter to Mrs Zelenska, Waters had stated his “coronary heart bleeds for you and all of the Ukrainian and Russian households, devastated by the horrible warfare in Ukraine”.

However he then went on to criticise Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president, for not fulfilling an election promise to “finish the civil warfare within the East and produce peace to the Donbas and partial autonomy to Donetsk and Luhansk”.

He advised her: “Your outdated man agreed to totalitarian, anti-democratic dismissals of the need of the Ukrainian individuals, and the forces of maximum nationalism that had lurked, malevolent, within the shadows, have, since then, dominated the Ukraine.”

He additionally criticised the West for supplying Ukraine with weapons, blaming Washington, particularly.

“Throwing gas, within the type of armaments, into a fireplace battle, has by no means labored to shorten a warfare up to now, and it will not work now, notably as a result of, on this case, many of the gas is (a) being thrown into the fireplace from Washington DC, which is at a comparatively protected distance from the conflagration, and (b) as a result of the ‘gas throwers’ have already declared an curiosity within the warfare happening for so long as potential.

“I concern that we, and by we, I imply individuals such as you and me who truly need peace in Ukraine, who don’t desire the end result to be that you need to battle to the final Ukrainian life, and presumably even, if the worst involves the worst, to the final human life.”

Waters separated from Pink Floyd within the mid-Nineteen Eighties.


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