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They decided to cancel the show to send a message to the Russian government

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DCU have cancelled tonight’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake by The Royal Moscow Ballet following the “truly shocking events” in Ukraine.

In a statement, the college said that they decided to cancel the show to send a message to the Russian government and to show solidarity to the Ukrainian people.

“The Royal Moscow Ballet has been touring Ireland annually for over 10 years,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“The company is made up of many different nationalities - Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Uzbeks, Japanese, Irish and Polish cast and crew, who have travelled, worked and lived together for years.

“However, as a result of the truly shocking events that are unfolding in Ukraine, is it crucial that Dublin City University and all civilised countries takes all practical steps to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and send an unambiguous message to the Russian Government that their deplorable actions have consequences that will have impact across political, economic, sporting and cultural spheres at all levels.”

They have advised that those with tickets for tonight will be refunded as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for The Royal Moscow Ballet said that the multi-national group have been coming to Ireland annually for over 10 years now and always look forward to their annual tour of Ireland.

“The company is and has always been made up of different nationalities and on the 2022 tour we have Russian nationals, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Uzbekistan nationals, Japanese, Irish and Polish cast and crew, side by side, who have travelled, worked and lived together for years," they said.

2We are young artists who just want to perform the art form we love and have done since childhood and bear no political leanings whatsoever and remain united as a group and as friends and wish only to spread the joy of our art form and culture throughout Ireland we have done for the last 10 years."

The spokesperson added, “We hope this helps to clarify the diversity of our ballet company and that we don’t carry any political message on this tour. We simply dance for peace.”

It comes after 27 EU leaders agreed to sanctions on Russia after they invaded Ukraine during the early hours of Thursday morning.

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The sanctions are on Russian finance, energy and transport sectors.

They also plan to freeze Russian assets and ban key figures in the regime from travelling.

Ireland agreed initial sanctions on Russia on Wednesday including restrictions on goods, trading and finance.

European wide sanctions decided in Brussels overnight are set to be finalised by officials today.

However, Micheal Martin has said that he believes the sanctions will not stop the invasion.

“It’s a very comprehensive range of measures, covering finance, covering industry, covering trade, energy, and transport, and they will have impact. They will not stop Russia now."

“People can argue one particular type of sanction versus another but in its totality, what was decided last evening, is very strong,” he told reporters.

“On its own, it’s not going to stop what has been a deliberate, premeditated decision of President Putin to launch this brutal attack on the Ukrainian people.”

Martin said that Putin’s “brutal attack” is “to attain some sort of historic ideal he has in his head about restoration of empire, harking back to a bygone era.”

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