Sir Rod Stewart has called Vladimir Putin an “a******”.
The 77-year-old music legend was targeted just days after Russia’s president revealed he had rented a house to a family of seven Ukrainian refugees as the tyrant’s occupation of the neighboring country continues.
Rod was quoted by the Scottish Daily Express as saying: “I use some harsh words when describing Putin. I try to say, ‘Listen, it’s not the Russian people’s fault.'” A lot of people have been arrested and jailed.
“It’s a man and his regime, so don’t blame all the Russians. I’ve been to Russia a few times and I’ve found the kindest people on earth, I really have. So it’s not their fault, it’s a* *****.”
Rod is preparing to tour the UK in November and plans to sing his 1991 anti-war song Rhythm of My Heart as a tribute to the Ukrainian people.
He said: “I dedicate this to the Ukrainians, we will raise the flag of Ukraine and [Ukraine’s President] Zelensky (on the big screen).
Rod went out to the house in Berkshire, furnished the house and promised to pay the rent and bills for at least a year for the couple Rostislav and Olena and their children, Taras, 17, Kostya, 16, Roman, 13, and Maria. , 10 and two after Dimtro fled his war-torn country.
Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster, 51, decided to take action after seeing the devastating scenes on the news last night.
He said: “Words cannot describe what we are seeing.
“The bombing of innocent children, the bombing of hospitals and playgrounds. Like everyone else, we were beside ourselves. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. It’s evil, pure evil.
“I was born only after this [Second World] The war, so my family has many memories of it.
“It was very painful for me. I didn’t think we’d see a land war with tanks again.”
Rod and his nephew Warren then planned to fill trucks with supplies and drive them to the Ukrainian border.
The “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” hitmaker wanted to make the trip himself, but was advised against it and the lorries returned the 16 refugees to Berlin.
He then contacted Rostislav and his family, who were not part of the 16 people brought in by his car, and the singer also employed two other refugees at his estate in Essex.
Rod joked that the family knew who he was because he had left “about 500 CDs” around the house for them and admitted that meeting them for the first time was “really cool”.
He added: “I walked in the door and everyone was dressed in Ukrainian national clothes and running down the stairs.
“It was so lovely that they all made such an effort. They gave me a cup of tea and we had lots of biscuits and chocolates, but the boy kept beating on everything I had. It was really amazing.”
Rostislav and Olena said in a statement: “Many thanks to Sir Rod Stewart, Warren Cady, his parents and their families for their openness, sincerity and big hearts. Thanks to their sponsorship and Warren’s hard work, our children are now safe and secure. They are studying normally at school.
“We thank the British government and the people of Bracknell, our children’s teachers and the entire British people for their tireless and invaluable assistance to Ukraine.
“Every day we pray for God’s blessings on Sir Rod, Warren, their families and all the British people.”