Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday evening, ahead of the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to an audience vote for a group representing a country invaded by Russian troops in late February. The Kalush band collected 631 points for the song “Stefania” which is a mix of hip-hop and traditional music. The tournament’s favorite Ukrainians are ahead of the Spaniard Channel with British Sam Ryder and his titles “Space Man” (466 points) and “Slow Mo” (459 points).
“Our courage attracts the world, our music conquered Europe,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky responded on Facebook.
This is Ukraine’s third victory in the competition since 2004, especially in 2016 – two years after the annexation of Crimea’s Ukrainian Peninsula by Russia – entitled Jamala and the exile of the Tatars, entitled “1944”. Stalin.
Just like the two semi-finals organized in Turin this week, a wave of the country’s blue and yellow flags entered the arena of the Bala Olympic in the capital, Piedmont (northwest of Italy), under the grappshot of the Russian military. 25 finalists performed.
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