British brass brand sparks diplomatic row with Ukraine

British brass brand sparks diplomatic row with Ukraine by performing concerts in Russian-occupied Crimea Symphonic Brass Wales played in six Crimean towns and cities last month Natalia Galibarenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, accused the band of ‘legitimising Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea’  Negative comments have been mainly from Ukrainian journalists and bloggers

By Jonathan Bucks For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 23:41 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 23:41 BST, 1 September 2018

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A brass band has sparked a diplomatic row by performing a string of concerts in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Symphonic Brass Wales, which has previously performed at the Royal Albert Hall and at Six Nations rugby matches, played in six Crimean towns and cities during a ‘truly incredible’ 12-day tour of the region last month.

But Natalia Galibarenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, accused the band of ‘legitimising Russia’s illegal

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