The increasingly politicised pianist has told a Russian broadcaster that she will play an open-air recital on June 22 in Donetsk, capital of the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic in a former part of Ukraine. ‘I think that’s the best kind of service I can possibly do for the people of Donbass,’ she said. ‘They want to have peace.’
The date is significant: the 74th anniversary of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
You can hear her announcement in English here. It has been disseminated by the Russian Embassy in Canada.