MCR’s cancellation of the shows come after several musicians have nixing tour dates and festival appearances due to Russian President Vladimir Purtin conducting what he called a “special military operation” after months of buildup at the Ukrainian border, before devolving into full fledged attacks on the country and its capital of Kyiv.
Despite diplomatic efforts and sanctions to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine, Putin issued a chilling warning to anyone seeking to intervene. “To anyone who would consider interfering from outside: If you do, you will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history,” he said. “All the relevant decisions have been taken. I hope you hear me.”