Roger Waters has claimed that he thinks he is on a “kill list” of Ukrainian enemies.
On top of this, the former Pink Floyd rocker has also dismissed evidence of Russian forces war crimes in the country as “propaganda”.
In an interview which was published in Rolling Stone magazine yesterday (October 4), Roger Waters called America “the most evil of all [countries] by a factor of at least 10 times”, adding: “We kill more people. We interfere in more people’s elections. We, the American empire, is doing all this s***”.
The Pink Floyd co founder also went on to speak about people of Ukraine who may not agree with his stance.
“You’ve seen [those reports] on what I’ve just described to you as Western propaganda. It’s exactly the obverse of saying Russian propaganda; Russians interfered with our election; Russians did that. It’s all lies, lies, lies, lies”.
Roger Waters also claimed that he is on a “kill list”, a list allegedly “supported by the Ukrainian government”, according to the musician.
It had been reported that this listed was set up by a far right Ukranian organisation. Despite it being widely condemned by the Ukranian government, they have not removed the site.
Waters told the interviewer, “I’m on the fucking list, and they’ve killed people recently… But when they kill you, they write ‘liquidated’ across your picture. Well, I’m one of those f****** pictures”.
He continued, “And when I read stuff, which I have done in blogs and things, criticising me… I always go and look and see where it came from. And it’s amazing how often when I’ve done the hunt and hunted it down, it is [mimicking a hypothetical Ukrainian website] da, da, da.ukraine.org”.
“Those people [in Ukraine] should not be dying,” Waters added. “And Russia should not have been encouraged to invade the Ukraine after they tried for 20 years to avoid it by suggesting diplomatic measures to Western governments”.
Roger Waters also referred to Ukraine as “the Ukraine”, an archaic turn of phrase, which implies that it is an area of land, as opposed to an independant country.
However, Waters denied that this was a intentional political point on his part.
A few weeks ago, Roger Waters had submitted an open letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, urging him to call a ceasefire to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.