Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest, in a symbolic show of public support amid the Russian invasion.
The rap-folk band, who were given special permission to leave the war-torn country, held first place with 631 points. They ended their performance in Turin with a plea: “Please help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal right now.”
On his part, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Kalush Orchestra for winning the contest, stating that the next year’s Eurovision will be organized in Ukraine.
Zelenskyy stressed that the courage of Ukraine has impressed the world and the music has conquered Europe. He thanked the people who voted for his country.
“We will make sure that one day the participants and guests of Eurovision hosted Ukrainian Mariupol,” he wrote in the Facebook post.