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Ukraine supporters blast Blinken’s ‘tone-deaf’ rock performance at Kyiv bar amid Russian offensive

Supporters of Ukraine blasted Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday for rocking out in a Kyiv basement bar as fierce preventing gripped the northeastern a part of the war-torn nation.

Blinken, 62, took the stage with an area band at a watering gap in Ukraine’s capital metropolis and, with guitar in hand, belted out the Neil Young traditional, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” throughout an obvious break from diplomatic conferences associated to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. 

The revelers contained in the bar cheered Blinken on, however the optics of the highest US diplomat letting unfastened throughout an official go to to a warzone didn’t go over properly on social media.  

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Blinken carried out Neil Young’s “Rockin in the Free World” in a Kyiv bar Tuesday. by way of REUTERS

“Astonishingly tone-deaf,” Jimmy Rushton, a Kyiv-based overseas coverage analyst, wrote on X. “This isn’t supposed to be a f***ing vacation; Ukrainian soldiers are fighting and dying in large numbers right now along the frontline and Blinken is in a bar in Kyiv pretending to be a rockstar.”

“There’s already a lot of anger at delays and restrictions imposed by the US,” Rushton added, referring to the monthslong delay in Congress approving extra army help to Ukraine.

“By and large, this will go down extremely poorly, especially given the current situation in Kharkiv,” he argued. 

Rushton’s critique was echoed by a number of different Ukraine supporters on X. 

“They don’t need performances.  Enough of those already.  Delivery please!” one person wrote. 

“Who cares? Did he bring F-16s, PATRIOTs, and NASAMS  with him? A Neil Young cover won’t defeat Russia (and it’s technically Canadian, regardless),” one other particular person chimed in.

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Blinken’s Kyiv journey comes amid a Russian assault within the Kharkiv area of Ukraine. National Police of Ukraine/AFP by way of Getty Images

Some social media customers joked that Blinken’s strumming would possibly truly assist the struggle effort. 

“Since we can’t produce enough artillery shells, Blinken will (try) to kill them with cringe,” one particular person quipped on X

“We are winning the battle of the bands!” one other Ukraine supporter celebrated

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Some on social media blasted Blinken’s performance as “tone-deaf.” by way of REUTERS

Blinken, who was launched as “great friend of Ukraine” by one of many band members, acknowledged the cruel situations on the entrance traces earlier than taking part in the quilt. 

“Your soldiers, your citizens –  particularly in the northeast, in Kharkiv – are suffering tremendously,” he advised the group. “But they need to know, you need to know, the United States is with you, so much of the world is with you and they’re fighting not just for a free Ukraine, but for the free world. And the free world is with you, too.”

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