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Ukrainian Band Kalush Orchestra Wins Eurovision Amid War

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Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of Sunday in a clear show of support for the war-ravaged nation.

The six-man band that mixes traditional folk melodies and contemporary hip hop in a purposeful defense of Ukrainian culture was the sentimental and bookmakers’ favourite among the 25 bands and performers competing in the grand finale.

The public vote from home was decisive in securing their victory. The band’s front man, Oleg Psiuk, took advantage of the enormous global audience to make impassioned plea to free fighters still trapped beneath a sprawling steel plant in the southern port city of Mariupol following the six-man band’s performance. READ MORE: U2’s Bono & The Edge Perform Surprise Show In Ukraine Bomb Shelter “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol.

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