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On Russia’s initiative, Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters addressed a UN Security Council meeting today. The musician’s speech was mainly anti-war. He denounced the commercial military-industrial complex and stressed the devastating effects of war on both people and the environment.
Waters also defined Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “illegal”, noting, however, that it was “not unprovoked”.
Waters’ remarks today about the war in Ukraine were much more restrained than some of the others he had made in the past. Last year, for example, Waters stated that he believed NATO was to blame for the ongoing war, suggesting that the organisation had essentially left Putin no choice but to invade Ukraine.
And yet today Waters mostly seemed keen to use his speech to call for an end to this destructive war.
Positioning himself as the voice of the "voiceless millions", Waters said:
“What will the millions of disenfranchised people say? They will say, there are many of us who do not share in the profits of the military-industrial companies.
We do not willingly raise our sons and daughters to provide fodder for your canons!
In our opinion, the only sensible course of action today is to call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine!
No ifs, no buts, no ands!
Not one more Ukrainian or Russian life is to be spent — they are all precious in our eyes! President Bidon, President Putin, President Zelensky, the United States, NATO, Russia, the European Union, all of you, please change course now, agree on a ceasefire in Ukraine!”