Blinken plays ‘Rockin in the Free World’ in war-torn Ukraine

Blinken plays ‘Rockin in the Free World’ in war-torn Ukraine


Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in the midst of an unannounced trip to Ukraine, surfaced Tuesday evening at a dive bar in Kyiv, ditching the typical diplomatic uniform for jeans and a black shirt — and a cherry red electric guitar.

“And listen, I know this is a really, really difficult time,” Blinken said from the stage of Barman Dictat, where he was surrounded by the members of 19.99, a local Ukrainian rock band. “Your soldiers, your citizens, particularly in the northeast in Kharkiv, are suffering tremendously. But they need to know, you need to know, the United States is with you, so much of the world is with you. And they’re fighting not just for a free Ukraine but for the free world, and

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