Members of the Zaporizhia city council have barred performers who publicly support Russian aggression against Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea from participating in any public events in the city.
The motion, which was initiated by Donbas war veteran and council member from the UKROP party`s faction Oleh Kolomoyets, was backed by 43 out of 64 Zaporizhia council members at a meeting on August 25.
Zaporizhia authorities have also prohibited tours, concerts and other cultural events with the participation of individuals who do not publicly acknowledge the so-called Luhansk People`s Republic (LPR) and the Donetsk People`s Republic (DPR) as terrorist organizations and who call for forcefully redrawing the borders of Ukraine, overthrowing constitutional order, or for the seizure of state power.
In addition, ”persons who from the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine have participated in concerts and other cultural events in the occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, while recognizing the existence of unlawful exclusive control by the Russian aggressor state on the occupied territories, will be persona non grata,” the motion said.
Performers who since the beginning of the aggression have taken part in concerts in Russia will also be banned in Zaporizhia.
The city council believes that the decision will reduce the ideological influence of performers who support the occupiers` aggression against Ukraine.
Earlier, similar initiatives were supported by the authorities of the city of Lviv and Lviv region.