Ukrainian groove metal outfit Jinjer released a video message over the weekend that provided some insight on a personal level to the kind of horror that is war.
Bassist Eugene Abdukhanov recorded the message from Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, which is among several strongholds the Russian military forces are currently attempting to take over. After much speculation and government intelligence that suggest Russian President Vladimir Putin would invade the country, Russian did in fact begin their offensive on February 24th.
Abdukhanov shared that the other members of Jinjer were, "relatively safe and O.K., as much as it is possible during these dark days," before offering some insight to the grim realties of war and pleading with the metal community to stand in opposition of the invasion.
"I would like to speak to all the people of the civilized world, all our fans, all music fans, all metalheads worldwide, no matter where you're from, especially if you're from Russia," Abdukhanov said.
"This war cannot be justified by anything, no matter what propaganda says. No one deserves what we are going through now here in Ukraine. The innocent people of Ukraine are suffering. I'm not talking about politicians; I'm not talking about our government. The innocent people of our country are suffering… All the people of Kyiv are spending their days and nights in the shelters in basements. Children are spending their days and nights in the shelters. They are scared. They don't have proper food. They don't have enough water. They don't have any comfort. Do they deserve this? I bet no."
The complete video message is available below.