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Sting Warns During Warsaw Concert of Threats to Democracy

Sting interrupted a concert in Warsaw on Saturday evening (July 30) to warn his audience that democracy is under attack worldwide and to denounce the war in Ukraine as “an absurdity based upon a lie.” The British musician asked a popular Polish actor, Maciej Stuhr, to come onstage to translate his warning that democracy is “in grave danger of being lost unless we defend it.” Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news “The alternative to democracy is a prison, a prison of the mind. The alternative to democracy is violence, oppression, imprisonment and silence,” Sting said and then ran his hand across his neck in a throat-cutting gesture. The 70-year-old delivered his message in a country that borders Ukraine, where Russia launched its invasion on F...

Pro-Russian groups raised only 4% of crypto donations sent to Ukraine

According to data from crypto analytics firm Chainalysis, users have sent more than $2 million in crypto to 54 pro-Russian groups since Feb. 24, a fraction of that received by many wallets controlled by the Ukrainian government. In a Friday blog post, Chainalysis said it had tracked funds sent to social media accounts controlled by pro-Russian groups in Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), USDT-TRX, and Dogecoin (DOGE) starting with the country’s invasion of Ukraine in February. According to Chainalysis’ data, users sent roughly $2.2 million to the pro-Russian groups, with more than $1 million going to a single unnamed account. While there may be other groups outside of Chainalysis’ investigation of those supporting pro-Russian forces, the available data suggested that the $2.2 mill...

Volunteers Create Clean-Up Rave Initiative To Repair War-Torn Ukraine

Ukrainians are organizing under the banner of techno music to help expedite the rebuild of what was recently lost amid Russian occupation. The country’s nightlife sector has remained shuttered since Russia’s invasion on February 24th. Cleaning up the war-torn country has been no small task, but Ukraine’s youth have risen to the challenge in part by bonding over the common thread of dance music. In Yahidne, raves are coming to the daylight by way of a unifying “clean-up rave.” According to the Associated Press, participants donning shovels scoop debris onto tractor trucks as a live DJ spins atop ammunition crates. Volunteers take breaks from the cleanup to dance and savor the fleeting moments of freedom. Scroll to Continue Recommended Articles Yahidne is a...

Imagine Dragons Named Ambassadors of Ukrainian Fundraising Platform UNITED24

Imagine Dragons have been named ambassadors of UNITED24, a platform initiated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to help fundraise humanitarian efforts in the country. As one of their first projects to help promote the Medical Aid direction of UNITED24, Imagine Dragons have collaborated with the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska on a fundraiser for ambulance vehicles. With each vehicle costing about $102,000, these ambulances are completely stocked with vital equipment that can save thousands of lives amid the country’s ongoing crisis. The mega-popular rock band have also virtually met with Zelensky to discuss their future collaborations. “We love the people of Ukraine and want to help in any way possible,” Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds said in a statement. “Inj...

NFT sales will fund the restoration of physical monuments in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government will be using the proceeds of sales from an online nonfungible token, or NFT, museum to restore artwork in the real world. According to a Friday announcement and information shared with Cointelegraph, Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy said the government’s Meta History Museum of War platform, aimed at preserving the timeline of major events in Russia’s war with Ukraine, raised 803.28 Ether (ETH) — roughly $1.3 million at the time — through NFT sales. The ministry said proceeds from the sales will go toward “the restoration of Ukrainian cultural institutions,” many of which have been damaged or destroyed by missile attacks from Russia. “During the six months of the war in Ukraine, the Russians destroyed hundreds of our museum...

Captain Ukraine? Russia Claims It’s Losing to Army of Lab-Created Super Soldiers

Russian officials may have been reading too many comic books, saying the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has failed to make progress because they are losing to an army of lab-created super soldiers. As reported in Kommersant (via The Daily Beast) an official “investigation” has unveiled “secret experiments” in certain Ukrainian “biolaboratories.” This conspiracy might sound familiar; it began on Twitter but quickly picked up momentum in the mainstream right wing mediasphere including Tucker Carlson. The theory goes that Russia invaded Ukraine to destroy “biolabs” (perhaps funded by Biden and run by Fauci) that would unleash something heinous upon the world (possibly a virus even worse than COVID-19). Russia itself eventually picked up the rumor, happy to spread misinformation that...

Pink Floyd on Track For Rare U.K. Top 40 Appearance

LF System is chasing a third week atop the U.K. singles chart, while Pink Floyd is eying a first Top 20 appearance in 42 years. “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” (Rhino), Pink Floyd’s first new original material since 1994’s Division Bell album, peaked at No. 49 in April following its digital-only release. Now, following the rollout of physical copies, the track blasts to No. 18 on the First Look survey, which ranks singles based on sales and streaming activity in the early phases of the chart week. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news If it keeps its momentum, Pink Floyd will have their first Top 20 appearance since “Brick In The Wall” led the chart in 1979, their only U.K. No. 1. The last time the prog-rock legends cracked the U.K. Top 40 was in 1994 with...

J.K. Rowling Pranked by Russian Trolls Pretending to Be Ukrainian President Zelensky

J.K. Rowling recently hopped on to a Zoom call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, only to find out it was… not President Zelensky. Instead, Rowling was pranked by Russian-based comedy duo Vovan and Lexus, who pretended to be the president in an interview. Rowling agreed to chat about her Lumos charity, which has been working in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine to help women and children made vulnerable by the ongoing Russian invasion. Instead, Vovan and Lexus — who have previously pranked such prominent figures as Vice President Kamala Harris and Prince Harry — asked the Harry Potter author if Dumbledore was really gay and who he slept with, adding that it was “hopefully not with a transgender,” a reference to Rowling’s rampant transphobia. Elsewhere in the interview, the...

Third non-EU country, Ukraine, joins the European Blockchain Partnership

After Norway and Liechtenstein, Ukraine became the third country outside the European Union (EU) to join the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP), an initiative derived by 27 member states to deliver cross-border public services. The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine announced the country’s move to join the EBP as an observer on June 17. With the ultimate goal of integrating its digital economic space with the EU, Ukraine plans to expand its interstate blockchain network partnership with other countries. Ukraine’s intent to join the EBP dates back to July 2021, when Oleksii Zhmerenetskyi, the head of the Parliamentary group, Blockchain4Ukraine, and Konstantin Yarmolenko, the founder and CEO of Virtual Assets of Ukraine, wrote a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, the president of ...

Ukraine-based blockchain firm announces ‘we’re still hiring’ amid market downturn, war

Sergey Vasylchuk, the chief executive officer of Ukraine-based decentralized staking provider Everstake, has said the company will continue to hire crypto professionals amid a market downturn and ongoing conflict in the country.  In a Wednesday Twitter thread, Vasylchuk said Everstake had hired 30 people since the Russian war against Ukraine started in February, and the firm still had more than 10 positions in marketing and development to fill. According to the CEO, Everstake is “not firing anybody” and had made preparations for a “special fund” to tide the firm over in the event of a bear market. “An important part of doing business is assessing and addressing all potential risks,” said Vasylchuk. “We couldn’t help but expect another market crash simply because risk management dictat...

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Jinjer Granted Permission to Leave Ukraine for Tour, Share Video for “Call Me a Symbol”: Stream

Ukrainian metal band Jinjer have been granted permission to leave by the nation’s Ministry of Culture to embark on a tour to help raise funds and awareness for their war-torn country. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Jinjer were forced to drop off their support stint on Slipknot’s US “Knotfest Roadshow” tour. They instead helped raise funds for Ukraine via merch sales to support resistance efforts and refugee relief. The band hopes to continue raising awareness and money while traveling abroad. Per a press release from the group, Jinjer’s upcoming European summer tour and festival appearances are officially confirmed. “We are very honored to announce that together with the help of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, we have successfully been granted permission to travel abroad as amb...