With the recent news that Jinjer would cancel their upcoming US tour, including their confirmed appearance on the first leg of the Knotfest Roadshow, the disappointment was tempered with the understanding of such extenuating circumstances.
The Ukrainian outfit is now shifting their focus to help with ongoing humanitarian efforts in their native Ukraine as the Russian invasion intensifies. Jinjer has released limited edition merch designs in an effort to raise funds for Ukrainian-specific charities.
Jinjer's bassist Eugene Abdukhanov issued the following statement, “Thank you all for your concerned messages and prayers sent to us over the last week, we may not answer but we are reading them and they mean the world to us. As you know, there is war raging through the streets and cities of Ukraine right now. Many people have little or no food or water and are very afraid of what tomorrow may bring. Together with Napalm Records, we’re releasing two new T-Shirt designs to raise funds to be donated to various charities throughout Ukraine to help with medical and food supplies, water and so on. If you cannot donate then please share this or any news related to what's really happening here. Each sale may save somebody’s life in Ukraine. Thank you.“
100% of the proceeds from the sales of the two limited shirt designs will go towards charities selected by the band. Updates on the charities will be shared via Jinjer's social media platform.
Abdukhanov also shared in an interview with BBC News, that he has abandoned his day job to focus his efforts on the current crisis in Ukraine. He is establishing a charity to help the military, to help the civilians” and will soon join in running a shelter providing “food supplies, water
When the invasion first began, the band issued the following statement condemning the Russian military offensive and calling for a peaceful resolution for the Ukrainian people.
“Dear all, as we write this text, for the moment, each member of JINJER and our families are safe and unhurt.” The wrote. “We truly appreciate all our fans around the globe for caring, getting in touch and for all the sympathy and support for our band and more importantly our country.
“As you all know, early this morning on February 24th, Putin started the war against the sovereign and independent #ukraine ! Please know that in this time we really depend on you, our fans in every country- to support Ukriane and peace in our country however you can- especially our fans in Russia, you and your opinion matter the most at this time.
“NOTHING can justify the violence and death of innocents, and this is exactly what’s happening in our country right now.
“Stop the war in Ukraine now!”