Istanbul/ Rabaa Turan/ Anatolia
British rock band Pink Floyd reunited after nearly 30 years and released a new song, Friday, in support of the Ukrainian people against Russian military operations.
The band posted the video of the new song, “Hey, Hey, Rise Up” on its official YouTube account.
The song features guitarist and vocalist David Gilmore and drummer Nick Mason, and the lyrics are by Ukrainian artist Andrey Khalifniuk of Boom Box, one of Ukraine’s biggest bands.
Singer “Roger Waters” did not participate in the song because he left the band in 1985.
All proceeds from the song, available for publication and download, will go to the Humanitarian Relief Fund of Ukraine.
The song, which went viral on social media, begins with a message that Ukrainian singer Andrey Khlevniuk has ended his US tour and returned to his native Kyiv to “defend his country”, after Russia’s military intervention on February 24.
“Now Pink Floyd has joined Andrey in support of his message of resistance,” the letter reads.
The band’s Twitter account quoted artist Gilmore as saying: “We, like many, are outraged and frustrated by this despicable act of invading a democratic, peaceful and independent country and killing its people at the hands of one of the great powers of the world.”
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.
To end the operation, Russia requires Ukraine to abandon any plans to join military entities, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to adhere to complete neutrality, which Kyiv considers an “interference in its sovereignty.”
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