Jared Leto says there was ‘no way’ 30 Seconds to Mars would cancel gig in turbulent Ukraine

The frontman spoke out in support of protesters at Kiev show

Jared Leto has said that there was “no fucking way” his band 30 Seconds to Mars would have pulled out of their gig in Ukraine.

The band were playing at Kiev’s Sports Palace on Wednesday (March 12), when the frontman spoke out in solidarity with protesters who turned out to voice their opposition to then-president Viktor Yaunkovich.

“I know it may be difficult but there’s no price too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself,” Leto told the crowd (ABC).

“I understand other bands have cancelled their shows, but there was no fucking way, no fucking way, 30 Seconds To Mars wasn’t going to be here in this beautiful city, in this great country here tonight,” he continued.

The day after the gig, Leto visited the Euromaidan camp on Independence square in the city, where he visited a memorial to those who died in clashes with police last month.

Last month, Leto spoke about the situation in the Ukraine when accepting his best supporting actor Oscar for his role in the Aids drama Dallas Buyers Club.

He said: “To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight.”