President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Kalush Orchestra on their victory at Eurovision and promised to do everything for the song contest to be held in Mariupol one day. The Ukrainian leader wrote about this in his Telegram.
«Our courage amazes the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And I believe— not the last one. We will do everything so that one day Ukrainian Mariupol will host Eurovision participants and guests. Free, peaceful, rebuilt,"— Zelensky said.
He also expressed his gratitude to everyone who voted for Ukraine.
The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision 2022 with the song Stefania. She scored 631 points. Second place went to — Great Britain (466 points), third & mdash; Spain (459).
At the end of the performance in the final of the competition, the group asked to help Mariupol and the people who are at the Azovstal plant.
The organizers did not disqualify the group. “We understand the strong feelings when it comes to Ukraine these days, and we consider the statements of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists in support of the Ukrainian people more as a humanitarian gesture than as a political one,” & mdash; they said.
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Fighting in Mariupol has been going on almost since the beginning of the Russian military special operation in Ukraine. At the end of March, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov announced the storming of the city, in mid-April he announced control over 98% of Mariupol. On April 13, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the encirclement of “the remnants of Ukrainian troops and Nazi units located in the city.” at Azovstal.
On April 21, the head of the Ministry of Defense, Sergei Shoigu, reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of the city. According to the minister, only on the surrounded “Azovstal” “the remnants of nationalist formations” remained. Putin then explained that it was necessary to think about saving the life and health of the Russian military, so he ordered the assault to be canceled. After that, civilians who remained there began to be evacuated from the territory of the plant.
On May 7, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk announced that Azovstal evacuated all women, children and the elderly, without specifying their number. On the same day, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of the operation to evacuate civilians from the enterprise.
necessary for this heavy weapons. Zelensky promised to decide the fate of the city through diplomacy.
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