Skip to content
Edit post

Blinken sings, plays guitar with local band in Kyiv

by Nate Ostiller May 14, 2024 10:17 PM 1 min read
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined a local band in Kyiv on May 14, 2024, for a rendition of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." (Screenshot of a video by C-SPAN)
This audio is created with AI assistance

Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.

Become a member Support us just once

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined a local band in Kyiv on May 14 for a rendition of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World."

Blinken arrived in Kyiv on a surprise visit earlier on May 14 in a trip reportedly designed to "send a strong signal of reassurance to the Ukrainians who are obviously in a very difficult moment."

Videos circulating on Instagram showed Blinken singing and playing guitar along with other musicians onstage at the Barman Diktat bar.

The Kyiv Independent contacted the bar, which confirmed that Blinken played there earlier but could not provide any more information due to security concerns.

0:00
/
Video: C-SPAN

Blinken is outspoken about his love for music, which he has said is his "greatest nonpolitical passion."

The secretary surprised a crowd at a State Department event in October 2023 by performing a cover of Muddy Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" along with a band.

Blinken emphasizes long-term US security commitment to Ukraine in visit to Kyiv
“If Russia or anyone else were to attack Ukraine, we will work with Ukraine immediately at the highest levels to coordinate how to help you beat back the threat,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

11:10 PM

Decorated Ukrainian pilot killed in action.

Lieutenant Colonel Vasyliuk, the brigade’s chief of staff and a deputy commander of an aviation squadron, was killed “recently” while conducting a combat mission, the brigade said.
Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
7:12 PM

Zelensky: 'Our partners fear that Russia will lose this war'.

President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that Ukraine's partners "are afraid of Russia losing the war" and would like Kyiv "to win in such a way that Russia does not lose," Zelensky said in a meeting with journalists attended by the Kyiv Independent.
2:58 AM

Russia attacks 10 communities in Sumy Oblast.

Russian forces struck 10 communities in Ukraine's northeastern Sumy Oblast in 44 separate attacks throughout the day, the regional administration reported on May 17. At least 183 explosions were reported in Sumy Oblast over the past 24 hours.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.