Jinjer’s Eugene Abdukhanov Opens Up About The Early Days Of Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: It Was “The Most Horrific Time Of My Entire Life”

During a recent interview with Chaoszine, Jinjer bassist Eugene Abdukhanov opened up about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He says the early days of the war “were the most horrific times of [his] entire life.”

Abdukhanov said the following when asked about the band’s return to the stage:

“Well, it has its pros and cons. On the one hand, being on stage for this 45[-minute], 50[-minute] or one-hour [set] is the perfect therapy for me, and it’s the only time I can forget about the war — just playing music and connecting with the crowd. Because all the other time, my mood really goes up and down constantly — it swings back and forth, back and forth. And I may feel absolutely okay at one point, but after a few minutes I’m totally depressed — depressed in the way that I can barely act. And being able to play is definitely a cure.”

He also commented on the group having to cancel their appearance on the “Knotfest Roadshow”:

“We were right about [to go on] the U.S. tour with SLIPKNOT… We were just before the SLIPKNOT tour in the U.S. And, of course, first of all, we couldn’t get out. It was the first weeks of war, which were the most horrific times of my entire life. And even if we were out of Ukraine by the time war started, we wouldn’t be able to play, because those first weeks, [there were] so many deaths, so much grief, so much horror, we wouldn’t be able to play, definitely.”

He continued when asked how close he lived to the conflict:

“I met the war exactly when it started. On the 24th [of February] at five o’clock in the morning, I was just driving and things around me started exploding. I got straight under the shelling, under the attack, and I thought, ‘This is the end.’ I was trying to get out of there, driving 180 kilometers on a very narrow road. It was still dark. And I saw things that I, before that, only saw in movies — huge explosions with all these pieces flying around. And they were falling right in front of me, and I was driving around them, and all the smoke around. It was like a real horror, but you’re a part of it. And I was on the way back to Kyiv, and I was just trying to get home as soon as possible. And I saw all these traffic jams — people were trying to get out of the city — and all the destruction because of the first attack. And then the first week was the most horrible time because nobody knew what was happening. I got home, and one of the first things which I did, I contacted everyone in the band. We made a post on social media. And everyone stayed home. Every half an hour, there was a siren. We went to the basement. I went to the basement alone, because I was staying alone — I took my family out. I was alone, just sitting, watching the news and going crazy. Then every half an hour, I’d go to the basement, then go up, basement, up, spend half of the night in the basement. And there [were] huge explosions all around. Things that [weren’t] even close the first night — like, five kilometers, ten kilometers away from me. This is not close; in our reality, this is not close. But [because of] how massive those explosions were, the land was shaking. And the real horror started to happen. And this is basically when the siege of Kyiv started. And the next very day, I just felt like stating our position [publicly] and claiming our position. I made that video which is on YouTube. I wasn’t able to realize things like that could happen.”

Abdukhanov also added the following about the support he has received from friends and fans:

“I was bombarded with texts — all my friends, who were just checking how things [were] with everyone. I got a bunch of texts from fans from all around the world. But somehow we made it through this.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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