Johan Hegg, lead singerAmon Amarthclarified his criticism of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), stating that Russian fighters must be banned from future fights so as to put sufficient strain on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime to finish the battle in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, Hegg took to his Twitter to say he was boycotting the US Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion firm so long as it allowed Russian fighters “to compete and earn cash for that youngsters are dying in Ukraine”.
After a quantity of individuals objected to Hegg’s suggestion that Russian athletes also needs to be punished for his or her authorities’s aggression, the 48-year-old Swede returned to his social media to additional clarify his level. view whereas criticizing Putin for creating “the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern history”.
The singer wrote: “I feel that I have to clarify my point of view. I love watching the @ufc, and have a lot of respect for the skill and dedication of the athletes who compete in the octagon.”
“What is happening right now in Ukraine is a tragedy. This is the biggest war we have seen in Europe since World War II.”
“Two weeks ago Putin attacked Ukraine without provocation – a democratic and sovereign nation. In doing so, he caused the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern history. 1.5 million people have fled the war so far.”
“Putin’s armies are committing war crimes by bombing residential areas, hospitals and even shooting civilians who try to flee. So far more than 30 children have been killed in this war. More than 70 were injured.”
“Putin repeatedly broke ceasefire agreements, luring individuals out of their shelters after which attacking them with artillery. Am I indignant and pissed off? Yes.”
“This battle doesn’t solely threaten and have an effect on Ukraine. Putin threatened to invade Finland and Sweden. It threatens the entire of Europe. Ukraine won’t be able to export wheat and different crops throughout the invasion, which can have penalties for nations in the Middle East and Africa that rely closely on the Black Sea area. for his or her meals. The Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, has warned that ‘the world can’t afford to let one other battle drive up the quantity of hungry individuals once more’. Putin threatened the world, together with the United States, with nuclear weapons.
“Is it right to target Russian fighters/athletes with sanctions? I think so. It’s not that I want to hurt them personally, but there’s no middle ground here. Athletes have influence. If they don’t want to speak out against this war, why should they escape sanctions when the people who actually protest the war in Russia, at risk of being imprisoned or worse, don’t escape it?”
“You haven’t got to agree with me, I do not anticipate everybody to agree, however for my part the world wants to put sufficient strain on Putin and his regime to finish this battle.”
Amon Amarth has launched his newest album, Berserkerin May 2018 through Metal Blade Records.
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First submit in Johan Hegg’s thread:
I really feel I’ve to make clear my level of view.
I really like watching @ufcand I’ve nothing however respect for the talent and dedication of the athletes competing in the octagon.
What is going on proper now in Ukraine is a tragedy. It’s the largest battle we have seen in Europe since WWII.
— Johan Hegg 🇺🇦 (@AmonJohan) March 9, 2022