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Slovenia: Laibach concert in Ukraine cancelled

Due to controversies over the band in Kyiv

28 February, 13:28
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 28 - The world-renowned Slovenian band Laibach's March 31 concert in Kyiv has been canceled, according to Slovenian news agency STA. The industrial rock group confirmed the event's cancellation to the STA on Monday, saying the decision was made because the announcement of the event had generated too much controversy in Ukraine.

"The announcement of the Laibach concert in Kyiv caused considerable controversy due to comments made by the band at the start of this unjust war," Laibach wrote on Facebook.

"Ukrainians were divided in the face of Laibach's claims that the current war is a geopolitical conflict between Russia and the US on Ukrainian territory," STA wrote. Laibach also said that it had been asked to say categorically that all Russians are bad and that all Russian art is worthless, which was something they could not agree to. In this "senseless war between Russia and Ukraine, we are wholeheartedly on the side of Ukraine and its people, who - as in the old biblical story of David and Goliath - are fighting with dignity against a stronger enemy," Laibach stressed. (ANSA).

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