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Roger Waters Encourages Ukraine to Surrender Territory in Open Letter to First Lady

Waters argues for "a different route" to "stop the slaughter" while addressing first lady Olena Zelenska

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Roger Waters, photo by Ben Kaye

    Wannabe geo-political expert Roger Waters has once again offered his opinion about the war in Ukraine, writing an open letter to the country’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, with a suggestion that she help persuade her husband to “stop the slaughter” by working toward a ceasefire with Russia at the expense of two eastern regions.

    The open letter was posted on Facebook in response to Zelenska’s recent interview with BBC. During the sitdown, she spoke about the human cost of war after being asked what message she had for British people about rising energy bills due in part to the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    “People must understand [rising energy costs] are not coming through the West’s support to Ukraine,” she explained. “The prices are going up in Ukraine as well. But in addition, our people get killed. So when you start counting pennies on your bank account or in your pocket, we do the same and count our casualties.”

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    Zelenska added, “If the support is strong, this period will be shorter.”

    In his note, the former Pink Floyd member said his “heart bleeds” for all the Ukrainian and Russian families affected by the war before reiterating previous criticism of the West’s role in providing support to Ukraine. He then speculated that the best strategy was to “seek a different route.”

    “If by ‘support for Ukraine’ you mean the West continuing to supply arms to the Kiev government’s armies, I fear you may be tragically mistaken,” Waters wrote. “Throwing fuel, in the form of armaments, into a fire fight, has never worked to shorten a war in the past, and it won’t work now, particularly because, in this case, most of the fuel is (a) being thrown into the fire from Washington, DC, which is at a relatively safe distance from the conflagration, and (b) because the ‘fuel throwers’ have already declared an interest in the war going on for as long as possible.”

    He continued by saying President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “previously stated good intentions” could offer a “different outcome” for “people like you and me who actually want peace in Ukraine.”

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    Waters went on to reference Zelensky’s 2019 election campaign promises in which he vowed to “end the civil war in the East and bring peace to the Donbas and partial autonomy to Donetsk and Luhansk” and “ratify and implement the rest of the body of the Minsk-2 agreements.”

    “One can only assume that your husband’s electoral policies didn’t sit well with certain political factions in Kiev and that those factions persuaded your husband to diametrically change course ignoring the peoples mandate,” Waters added. “Sadly, your old man agreed to those totalitarian, anti-democratic dismissals of the will of the Ukrainian people, and the forces of extreme nationalism that had lurked, malevolent, in the shadows, have, since then, ruled the Ukraine. They have, also since then, crossed any number of red lines that had been set out quite clearly over a number of years by your neighbors the Russian Federation and in consequence they, the extreme nationalists, have set your country on the path to this disastrous war.”

    See Waters’ full open letter below.

    The Minsk agreements sought to end the Donbas war between the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed separatists in the east. Prior to invading Ukraine in late February, however, President Putin said the agreements “do not exist” and blamed “current Kyiv authorities.”

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    In late August, Zelensky said that “there will be no Minsk-3, Minsk-5, or Minsk-7. We will not play these games, we have lost part of our territories this way… It is a trap.”

    During a recent interview with CNN, Waters explained why he labeled Joe Biden a “war criminal” and criticized NATO for forcing Russia’s hand. His “This Is Not a Drill Tour” runs through mid-October; tickets are available here.

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