Zelensky wants the next edition of Eurovision to take place in a free, peaceful and restored Ukraine

Zelensky celebrated the triumph of his country during this year’s edition of the contest in Italy and expressed his hope that one day it can be celebrated in the now devastated city of Mariupol (YARA NARDI /)

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said this Sunday on his social networks after winning his country Eurovision 2022 in Turin that “next year Ukraine will host” that festival, as befits the winning country.

Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe. Next year, Ukraine will host Eurovision for the third time in its history.. And I think it will not be the last”, adds Zelensky.

The president also stated that they will do “everything so that one day the participants and guests of the festival will be held in the Ukrainian Mariupol”in reference to the city devastated by the Russian invasion and attacks and where some 600 people who have not been able to be evacuated still survive hidden in a steel mill.

The president added that he wants the next edition of the contest to take place in a “free, peaceful and restored” Ukraine.

Zelensky wants the next edition of Eurovision to take place in a free, peaceful and restored Ukraine
Zelensky wants the next edition of Eurovision to take place in a free, peaceful and restored Ukraine (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/)

In the middle of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra and its song “Stefania” achieved this Saturday an important victory not only musical, but also moral and mediaby taking the glass microphone of Eurovision 2022 singing to the mother country.

At a gala held at the Olympic Palace in Turin (Italy), his candidacy has prevailed over those of the United Kingdom, second, and Spain, third, which has achieved with Chanel and the theme “SloMo” its best position since 1984.

Right after his performance, Kalush Orchestra has called for “aid” for their country, for the city of Mariupol and for the soldiers barricaded in the Azovstal steelworksa message that due to its political nature is prohibited in principle in the festival’s rules, although the organization has not yet ruled on its consequences.

It’s about the third time Ukraine has won Eurovision since its debut in 2003. Only a year later he won the victory for the first time thanks to Ruslana and “Wild dances” and again in 2016 with Jamala and “1944”, which violated the Russian government by recovering the historical episode of the deportation of Tatar minorities. from Crimea.

In a video that was posted before the event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he believed that the Kalush Orchestra would win. “Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra. Let’s support our compatriots! Let’s support Ukraine.” said. After the victory, the president wrote: “Our music conquers Europe”.

The winning song, which mixes rap with elements of Ukrainian folk music, was originally written in honor of the mothers of the group. Later, the group rededicated it to all the matriarchs of Ukraine, since lines like “I will always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed” they had a new resonance after the Russian invasion.

The six men who make up the group had to receive special permits to leave Ukraine and travel to Italy during the war.

(With information from EFE)


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