See more of the bands who have offered support down near the bottom of this post.
Russia's invasion followed a period of tension between the two countries after Putin in 2021 started stationing troops and equipment near the Ukrainian border in a continuation of the crisis that began in 2014 with the Russo-Ukrainian War, as Vox reported.
The situation became further strained when Putin threatened countries that might try to intercede, per CNN. "Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so, to create threats for our country, for our people, should know that Russia's response will be immediate and will lead you to such consequences that you have never experienced in your history," Putin said last week.
Subsequently, according to The New York Times, Putin declared a nuclear alert on Sunday (Feb. 27) when he ordered his forces into "special combat readiness." The White House and U.S. President Joe Biden are now carefully maneuvering to try and avoid escalation.
This is an ongoing list. It will be updated with more bands giving support to Ukraine.
Rock + Metal Bands Helping Provide Support for Ukraine
Amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine that began in February 2022, several rock and metal bands came up with ways to offer tangible support for affected Ukrainians. See some below.
Polish extreme metal band Behemoth said they would sell rare merchandise through a special storefront on their webshop, using the proceeds to help the people of Ukraine. Learn more here.
Guitarist Waclaw "Vogg" Kieltyka of the Polish death metal group Decapitated said he assisted Ukrainians on the ground when he crossed into the country to deliver supplies. He has planned additional trips. Learn more here.
Russian feminist protest punk collective Pussy Riot launched an NFT campaign to aid Ukraine. The NFT of the nation’s flag that has raised more than $6.7 million so far, according to Billboard. Learn more here.
The Acacia Strain
American metalcore act The Acacia Strain made a limited edition T-shirt specifically to support Ukraine. Proceeds went to GlobalGiving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. Learn more here.
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