Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed his country’s Eurovision victory on Saturday by linking it to the Russian invasion, with this sentence written on his Facebook page: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers the world. ‘Europe”. “For the third time in its history. And, I believe, not the last. We will do our best to one day welcome Eurovision participants and guests to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt!” , he added of this port city in the south of the country occupied by Russian troops and almost completely destroyed.
“I thank Kalush Orchestra for its victory, and all those who voted for us! I am sure that our victorious choir in the battle against the enemy is not far away. Glory to Ukraine!” head of state.
The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stefania” mixes hip-hop and traditional music, collected 631 points, ahead of the British Sam Ryder and his title “Space Man” (466 points) and the Spanish singer Chanel with “Slo Mo ” (459 points), during the evening organized in Turin, Italy.
“Immense public support” in the country
Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest shows “the huge public support” enjoyed by the country attacked by Russia, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said on Sunday.
“We saw yesterday (Saturday) the huge support from the public all over Europe (…) Of course the song was magnificent, it is magnificent”, he underlined before the meeting of the Ministers of Affairs NATO foreigners in Berlin, adding that the Russians had “launched the most brutal and cynical war since World War II”.