Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest with significant support from the rest of the continent after Russia’s invasion.
Performing their folk-rap song “Stephanie”, the Kalush Orchestra stormed the list of leaders, beating off strong competition from the UK and Italy.
The group took to the streets, fighting off Russian aggressors, a few weeks before taking the stage in Turin – instead of rehearsing the biggest performance of their lives.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the victory, saying to the world in his night address: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!
“I am sure that our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off.
“Glory to Ukraine!”
Ukraine claimed a lot to take away the title, and on the night of the European level there was great support for this war-torn country. Almost all entrants held in the night as well as their own flags.
After the speech, they fervently asked to release the people who are still trapped in the besieged Mariupol Metallurgical Plant.
Russia was expelled this year in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Hundreds of millions of people across Europe tuned in to one of the most popular TV events in the world, including a song about Megan Markle in the 25 finalists and a track called Give That Wolf A Banana.