Performing their folk-rap song Stefania, Kalush Orchestra stormed up the leader board, beating off strong competition from the UK and Italy.
The group was out on the streets fighting off Russian aggressors just weeks before taking to the stage in Turin – instead of rehearsing for the biggest performance of their lives.
Following their win, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy defiantly vowed that next year’s contest will be held in Mariupol. The city is currently almost entirely in Russian hands.
He wrote on Facebook: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe. Next year, Ukraine will host Eurovision.”
The UK’s Sam Ryder took second place – the first time the UK has placed in the top three at the Eurovision Song Contest in 20 years. The singer was top after the national jury vote with 283 points, but there was a huge surge of support for Ukraine in the public vote.
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