A Russian-Austrian opera soprano, Anna Netrebko showed support to east Ukrainians during a press conference in St. Petersburg over the weekend. The world-renowned singer posed with of the top political leaders while holding the flag of Novorossia.
Russian Channel 5 TV showed her giving the cheque to Oleg Tsarev, a leader of the armed separatists in Donetsk.
When asked about her view on the political strife that has killed more than 4,000 people since May, the soprano said it was not about politics as much as it was about art.
"I have a lot of musician friends in Donetsk," she said per The Guardian. "We have been writing to each other a lot, and they told me the theater was sacred for them, and the building had been partly damaged."