Green Day will no longer be performing in Russia amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The band posted the update to their Instagram page on Sunday, announcing the cancellation of their May 29 show at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
They noted that ‘this moment is not about stadium rock shows’ but they ‘feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future.’
The latest: Green Day will no longer be performing in Russia amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The band posted the update to their Instagram page on Sunday, announcing the cancellation of their May 29 show at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia
Green Day wrote: ‘With heavy hearts, in light of current events we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium. We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s much bigger than that.’
The iconic band consists of Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt.
Adding: ‘But we also know that rock and roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future. Refunds available at the point of purchase. Stay safe.’
The news comes just hours after what many called the ‘tone deaf’ Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the ceremony receiving backlash for taking place amid the crisis in Ukraine.
Cancellation: They noted that ‘this moment is not about stadium rock shows’ but they ‘feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future;’ pictured 2016
Fourteen children have been killed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; the military aggression began last week.
It is claimed that 352 civilians have since died since Russian president Vladimir Putin has declared war on the people of Ukraine, CNN noted.
Over 500,000 civilians refugees have fled the country to the neighboring countries, including Poland and Germany.
Talks ended between Russia and Ukraine, CNN reported, with Belarus as well – a country who is prepared to join Russian in their invasion.
CNN reported that several large explosions were heard east of Kyiv after the talks ended on Monday.
Not the right time: Green Day wrote: ‘With heavy hearts, in light of current events we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium. We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s much bigger than that;’ seen 2019
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s advisor Mikhaylo Podolyak told reporters: ‘Ukrainian and Russian delegates held the first round of negotiations. Their main goal was to discuss ceasefire and the end of combat actions on the territory of Ukraine. The parties have determined the topics where certain decisions were mapped out. In order for these decisions to be implemented as roadmap, the parties are returning for consultations to their capitals. The parties discussed holding another round of negotiations where these decisions can develop, per CNN.
The outlet reported that harsher sanctions from countries around the world have begun to be implemented, including the European Union closing its airspaces to Russia, a move that also bars any private jets of oligarchs as well.
Notoriously neutral Switzerland will also adopt sanctions against Russian as the EU, despite their commitment to ‘Swiss neutrality.’
Swiss Federal President Ignazio Cassis said: ‘The Swiss Federal Council has decided today to fully adopt EU sanctions. It is an unparalleled action of Switzerland, who has always stayed neutral before.’
The US also prohibited the Russian central bank from US dollar transactions, a move that will prevent the country from accessing their ‘rainy day fund,’ CNN reported.
In addition to the EU and the US, the UK, France, Canada, Germany and more have introduced sanctions against Russia.
The move means Russian can no longer access funds it keeps in US dollars, and can’t use the reserves it has to bummer the plummeting value of the Ruble, their form of currency.
The Russian military’s advancement to Kyiv, Ukraine, the capital of the country, ‘remains slowed,’ the outlet reported.
They are ‘roughly 25 kilometers out of Kyiv’ (15 miles), a senior US defense official said to reporters, per CNN.
Updates: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pictured on Monday, February 28
‘Their advancement on Kyiv still appears to be their main line of effort and we expect that they’re going to want to continue to move forward and try to encircle the city in coming days,’ per CNN.
The Russians have not yet captured the cities Kharkiv and Mariupol, Ukraine.
Antonio Gueterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, spoke during their emergency meeting in front of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.
In what was the first emergency since 1982, he said that ‘enough is enough’ and ‘the fighting in Ukraine must stop,’ adding that the Russians putting their nuclear defenses on alert is a ‘chilling development,’ CNN reported.
‘The mere idea of a nuclear development is simply inconceivable. Nothing can justify the use of nuclear weapons.’
He spoke about the half a million Ukrainian refugees fleeing their homeland: ‘We are facing what could easily be the humanitarian and refugee crisis in Europe in decades, when the number of refugee and internally displaced persons will increase by millions.’
President Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine to become a member of the European Union.