Sting took to Instagram Saturday to revive his 1985 song "Russians" amid the Russia-Ukraine war, in what the Grammy winning artist called "a plea for our common humanity."
"I’ve only rarely sung this song in the many years since it was written, because I never thought it would be relevant again," the video was captioned. "But, in the light of one man’s bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor, the song is, once again, a plea for our common humanity. For the brave Ukrainians fighting against this brutal tyranny and also the many Russians who are protesting this outrage despite the threat of arrest and imprisonment - We, all of us, love our children. Stop the war."
First released on "The Dream of the Blue Turtles," Sting's first solo album after parting ways with The Police, the song “Russians,” is about the Cold War. In it Sting sings, "There is no monopoly on common sense, on either side of the political fence. We share the same biology, regardless of ideology. Believe me when I say to you, I hope the Russians love their children, too."
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The Instagram post, which has been viewed over 1million times as of this writing, includes information on where people can send supplies to help those affected by the war.