Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest in wave of goodwill following invasion by Russia

Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest in wave of goodwill following invasion by Russia

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Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest in wave of goodwill following invasion by Russia
By Ivana KottasovΓ‘ and Rob Picheta, CNN
Updated 0022 GMT (0822 HKT) May 15, 2022
Ukrainian leaves battlefield to compete in Eurovision 02:50
Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN)Ukraine's folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra has won this year's Eurovision Song Contest, surfing a wave of goodwill from European nations to clinch the country's third win at the glitzy event.

The band's song "Stefania," written about the frontman's mother, beat competition from main rivals the United Kingdom and Spain at the competition in the Italian city of Turin.
The event marked the first major cultural event in which Ukrainians have taken part since Russia invaded in February, and many in the audience waved Ukraine's blue and yellow national flag during the evening.
Before the competition began, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has become a hero around the world for leading the resistance to the Russian attack, called for votes for his country's entry. "Very soon in the Eurovision final, the continent and the whole world will hear our native word. I believe that, in the end, this word will be 'Victory!'" he tweeted.
"Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra - β„– 12! Let's support our fellow countrymen!"
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