Jedward have spoken out on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, by blasting Vladimir Putin as a ‘crazy mofo’.
The former X Factor twins, John and Edward Grimes, 30, took to their TikTok to post a video giving their support to those affected in the war-torn country, while slamming Putin.
The duo spoke of how watching the devastating scenes unfold has left them in tears as they told citizens to ‘stay strong’.
Speaking out: Jedward have spoken out on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, by blasting Vladimir Putin as a ‘crazy mofo’
Edward said: ‘We are sending strength and love to everybody affected. It’s an upsetting time. I found myself crying when I watch the news.
‘I am getting emotional right now. But hopefully everyone’s focussing on their lives and stay strong.’
The video is no longer available on the pair’s TikTok account, which has racked up more than 151,000 followers and 4.2 million likes.
Firing shots: The former X Factor twins, John and Edward Grimes, 30, took to their TikTok to post a video giving their support to those affected while slamming Putin (pictured Tuesday)
Upset: Edward said: ‘We are sending strength and love to everybody affected. It’s an upsetting time. I found myself crying when I watch the news’
The world was left in total shock three weeks ago, when Russian forces invaded Ukraine, sparking a refugee crises with citizens travelling to nearby countries such as Poland for sanctuary.
Jedward are not alone in voicing their denouncement of Putin and have been joined by several other celebrities in speaking out in support of Ukraine.
Ashton Kutcher and his Ukrainian-born wife Mila Kunis revealed that they’ve now raised over $20 million for the people of Ukraine following the unprovoked attacks.
Major milestone: Ashton Kutcher and his Ukrainian-born wife Mila Kunis revealed that they’ve now raised over $20 million for the people of Ukraine following the unprovoked attacks
Emilia Clarke, meanwhile, detailed her heart was ‘breaking’ over the continued ‘suffering and pain’ as she shared how her fans could get involved and ‘show some love.’
And Sandi Toksvig has united with 40 other British comedians calling on the UK government to ‘take faster action’ helping refugees feeling the war in Ukraine.
At the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday, host Rebel Wilson slammed Putin, by giving him the finger.
After she discussed how Emilia Jones’ musical performance on the show would be aided by a pair of sign language interpreters, she then said: ‘And in all sign languages, this is the gesture for Putin,’ before raising her middle finger.
On the red carpet, Benedict Cumberbatch told how the suffering of millions of people can’t be ignored as the war is ‘something that hangs over us.’
He explained: ‘It is a really shocking time to be a European two and a half hours flight away from Ukraine, and it’s something that hangs over us’ before going on to note the ‘civilians who are being shelled and shot at, and killed and made homeless without power, without water, without food’.
And Benedict, who wore a Ukraine pin on his smart black tuxedo to show his support, continued: ‘And while tonight is a celebration and this might look like tokenism, we’re celebrating the moving image, we’re celebrating pictures… this is what I’m trying to do.
Taking a stand: At the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday, host Rebel Wilson slammed Putin, by giving him the finger
‘To show I’m standing side-by-side with my brothers and sisters who are going through this.
‘But we all need, as we know, to do more than wear a badge. We need to donate, we need to pressure our politicians to continue to create some kind of a refugee safety and haven here for people who are suffering.
‘I know that’s ongoing, I know that’s happening but everyone needs to do as much as they can.’
As Russia’s invasion falters, its methods become more brutal – with cities increasingly coming under indiscriminate rocket fire.
Kyiv, the capital, suffered another round of bombing on Tuesday morning as apartment blocks were set on fire by early-hours strikes.
Kharkiv came under attack again on Tuesday, with the city’s mayor saying that more than 600 buildings have been destroyed there since the start of Russia’s invasion.
‘Schools, nurseries, hospitals, clinics have been destroyed,’ said Mayor Ihor Terekhov in a televised interview on Tuesday. ‘The Russian army is constantly shelling (us) from the ground and the air.’
Ukraine’s military said four Russian helicopters, a jet, and a cruise missile were shot down by its forces which remained in control of all major cities – including the badly-hit southern port of Mariupol.
Devastating: As Russia’s invasion falters, its methods become more brutal. A firefighter walks outside a destroyed apartment building after a bombing in a residential area in Kyiv, Ukraine