The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra takes the Eurovision crown in the middle of the war

TURIN, Italy

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday morning in a clear show of popular support for the war-torn nation that went beyond music.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy celebrated the victory, Ukraine’s third since its Eurovision debut in 2003, saying “we will do everything possible” to host next year’s contest in the hotly contested port city of Mariupol. He underlined “Ukrainian Mariupol”, adding: “free, peaceful, rebuilt!”

“I am sure that our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off,” Zelenskyy said in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

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