Europe (The Times Groupe)- Ukraine won the 66th Eurovision song contest on Saturday evening in Turin, Italy. The United Kingdom, Spain, and Sweden made strong showings in early voting, but Stefania by Kalush Orchestra finished first.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the victory, the country’s third since 2003, and said “we will do our best” to host Eurovision in Mariupol one day. He underlined “Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt!”
“Our victory against the enemy is not far off,” Zelensky wrote in a Telegram post.
“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Following the band’s performance, lead singer Oleh Psiuk shouted from the front of the stage, “Help Azovstal right now.”
During a news conference, he said that people can help by spreading information, discussing the issue, and reaching out to governments.
It was originally written in honor of the group’s mothers and mixes rap with Ukrainian folk music. Following the song’s release, the group rededicated it to all matriarchs in Ukraine, with lines such as “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed” finding new resonance. The group of six men had to get special permits to leave Ukraine and travel to Italy during the war.