The song started trending after Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine. In response, on March 5, Sting posted a video of himself performing "Russians"
in aid of Help Ukraine.
"I've only rarely sung this song in the many years since it was written, because I never thought it would be relevant again," he said at the beginning of the performance. "But, in the light of one man's bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor, the song is, once again, a plea for our common humanity. For the brave Ukrainians fighting against this brutal tyranny and also the many Russians who are protesting this outrage despite the threat of arrest and imprisonment - We, all of us, love our children. Stop the war."
On March 25, he posted this version to YouTube and the major streaming services, with profits going to helpukraine.center
, an organization providing humanitarian aid for victims of the war.