Roger Waters has confirmed that he has not canceled concerts in Poland

Roger Waters is denying reports he has canceled upcoming shows in Poland, as Krakow city councilors prepare to declare him persona non grata.


Waters made headlines this month for his controversial stance on the Russia-Ukraine war, blaming ‘extremist nationalists’ in Ukraine for putting the ‘country on the path to this disastrous war’ in a letter sent to Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska. Zelenska later took Twitter to denounce Waters’ claims, saying he should instead take up the issue of peace with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Recently, Polish media reported that his two-night appearance at Tauron Arena in Krakow in April had been cancelled. A site manager would have said “Roger Waters’ manager has decided to step down… without giving a reason.”


In a Saturday evening Facebook Publish, the Pink Floyd co-founder denied the reports, calling out two Polish outlets specifically for their reporting. “Your newspapers are wrong in their claims that I or my management canceled my upcoming shows in Krakow, we didn’t.” Waters went on to say on the verified account that a cancellation would be “a sad loss for me, as I looked forward to sharing my message of love with the people of Poland.”


He also called out Kraków city councilor Łukasz Wantuch, who openly opposed the concerts, even urging fans to boycott the show, after Waters’ comments about the war.



Krakow city councilors have also gone so far as to draft a resolution declaring Waters persona non grata in Poland, which will be voted on later this week, the BBC reported. “Given Russia’s criminal attack on Ukraine as well as the increasing number of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers that are coming to light, [the councilors] to express its indignation at the theses and statements of Mr. Roger Waters regarding the invasion of Ukraine by Russia,” reads the resolution.


Waters acknowledged the resolve in his statement, saying he had worked his whole life “in the service of human rights” and was facing an unjust sentence. He claims he has made “public efforts to encourage all those involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine, particularly the governments of the United States and Russia, to work towards a negotiated peace, rather than aggravating things to a bitter end that could be nuclear war and the end of all life on this planet.”


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Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues after its forces launched a full-scale invasion on February 24 – Europe’s first major ground conflict in decades. The invasion, ordered by Putin, has drawn worldwide condemnation and increasingly severe economic sanctions against Russia.


The details of the fighting are changing daily, but thousands of civilians have already been killed or injured, including children. Millions of Ukrainians have also fled, according to the United Nations.


“You don’t know where to go, where to run, who you should call. It’s just panic,” Liliya Marynchak, a 45-year-old teacher in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, told PEOPLE of when her city was bombed – one of many accounts of bombings by the Russians.


The Russian attack on Ukraine is an evolving story, with information changing rapidly. Follow Full coverage of the war by PEOPLE hereincluding testimonials from citizens on the ground and ways to help.

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