Composer Arvo Pärt Issues Statement in Support of Ukraine, Asks for Forgiveness

By David Salazar
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Famed composer Arvo Pärt has issued a statement in support of Ukraine.

In a letter, which was issued by the Arvo Pärt Center on behalf of the composer reads:

“Dear friends in Ukraine, dear colleagues, dear all fighting for your home at the price of your life, We bow before your bravery, bravery in the face of nearly unbearable suffering. We are with you as much as we are able to. All that is left to us is a lump in our throats and tears and prayers. Words have begun to lose their meaning. Forgive us! Forgive us for failing to protect you from a disaster unimaginable in our time. Long live Ukraine! Слава Україні!”

Pärt is the latest in a long line of renowned international artists who have spoken out in support of Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia on Feb. 24, 2022. As of this writing, over 300 people have been killed in the war with over 2 million people from Ukraine escaping to nearby countries.