Sir Rod Stewart has called Vladimir Putin an “a******”.
The 77-year-old music legend has targeted the Russian President a few days after he revealed that he rented a house for a family of seven Ukrainian refugees as the tyrant continued to invade the neighboring country.
Rod was quoted by the Scottish Daily Express as saying: “I use some dirty words when I describe Putin. And I try to say, ‘Listen this is not the fault of the Russian people’. A lot of people have been arrested and put in prison.
“This is a man and his regime, so don’t blame all Russians. I have been to Russia many times and I have found the best friends in the world, I really have. So it’s not their fault, it’s this* *****.”
Rod is gearing up for a UK tour in November and plans to perform 1991’s “anti-war anthem” ‘Rhythm Of My Heart’ in tribute to the people of Ukraine.
He said: “I dedicate it to the Ukrainians, and we bring the Ukrainian flag and [Ukraine’s President] Zelensky (on the big screen).”
Rod moved out of the house in Berkshire, prepared a home, and vowed to pay rent and bills for at least a year for husband and wife Rostyslav and Olena and their children, Taras, 17, Kostya, 16, Roman, 13, Mariia. , 10, and Dymtro, two, after fleeing their war-torn nation.
Rod decided to take action after he and his wife Penny Lancaster, 51, watched the heartbreaking events unfold on the news one night.
He said: “Words cannot describe what we were watching.
“The bombing of innocent children, the bombing of hospitals and playgrounds. Like everyone else, we were completely isolated. I don’t want anyone. This is evil, pure evil.
“I was born right after [Second World] The war, so my family has many memories of it.
“That’s how bad it was for me. I didn’t think we’d ever see a ground war with tanks again.”
Rod and his nephew Warren then hatched a plan to fill the truck with supplies and take them to the Ukrainian border.
The ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ hitmaker had intended to make the trip himself but was advised against it, and the lorries returned 16 refugees to Berlin.
Later, he contacted Rostyslav and his family – who were not part of the 16 returned with his car – and the singer has also given two other refugees work on his Essex farm.
Rod joked the family knew who he was because he left “about 500 CDs” around the house for them, and admitted it was “pretty weird” meeting them for the first time.
He added: “I walked through the door and they all came running down the stairs, all dressed in Ukrainian national dress.
“It was great that they all made that effort. They made me a cup of tea and we had loads of biscuits and chocolates, although the baby kept playing with all of mine. It was lovely.”
Rostyslav and Olena said in a statement: “Many thanks to Sir Rod Stewart, Warren Cady, his parents and their family for their openness and true and big hearts. Thanks to their sponsorship and Warren’s hard work, our children are now safe and can learn usually at school.
“We thank the UK Government and the residents of Bracknell, our children’s teachers and all the people of the UK for their tireless and invaluable support to Ukraine.
“We pray every day for God’s blessings on Sir Rod, Warren, their family and all the people of England.”