Ukraine’s Eurovision champions rap in war-torn cities as Kalush Orchestra release powerful clip after victory
EUROVISION champions Kalush Orchestra perform in war-torn Ukrainian cities in a powerful new clip for their hit track Stefania.
The touching clip was released just hours after the band’s incredible landslide victory on Saturday night.
The clip was shot in the war-ravaged towns of Borodyanka, Irpin, Buch and Hostomel and shows a female soldier carrying children through destroyed towns as rapper Oleh Psiuk performs among destroyed buildings.
The release was reportedly delayed to avoid accusations of politicizing the singing competition.
It then shows soldiers reuniting some of the children with their loved ones as one walks through a graveyard with headstones.
The final scene shows a little girl staring at the camera while brandishing a Molotov cocktail – a homemade explosive synonymous with Ukrainian resistance.
It comes as Oleg was spotted kissing his girlfriend before bravely returning to the front lines to fight off Putin’s butchers.
The leader of the Ukrainian folk rap group gave Oleksandra a big kiss outside his hotel before leaving by taxi.
His six-piece band won the competition in Turin, Italy, on Saturday with their song Stefania – finishing with an astonishing 631 points.
But the all-male group – who have been given special permission to leave the country to watch the competition – have been ordered to return home to their war-torn country by Monday.
Under Ukrainian law, all men between the ages of 18 and 60 are banned from leaving the country and encouraged to join the army or support the war effort.
Psiuk told Rolling Stone how he was called up to fight the Russian invaders, just two days after his band was chosen to represent Ukraine.
He explained that a soldier barked at him: “OK, first you have to sign this form saying that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are not responsible if you get killed here.
“So you should come up because our Eurovision contestants are about to hold a press conference. It should be interesting, it’s a really good song!”
In a March interview with the Associated Press, rapper Psiuk said he started a volunteer organization that uses social media to help find transportation and shelter Ukrainians in need.
The courageous singer added that the group “is doing everything possible to help our country”.
He praised dancer Slavik Hnatenko for his decision to take a gun and fight the Russians with the Territorial Defense Force outside the capital Kyiv.
The members of the group are all based in different parts of the country and all have been involved in the war since the February 24 invasion.
Shortly after being crowned winners of Eurovision 2022, the band took to the stage and shouted “Glory to Ukraine” amid euphoric scenes.
Upon receiving the trophy, the group said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.”
“Stefania” was written by Psiuk as a tribute to his mother, but since the outbreak of war has become a hymn to his homeland.
The lyrics promise, “I will always find my way back, even if all the roads are destroyed.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pledged to hold the contest – as is tradition for contest winners – in Mariupol in 2023 despite the ongoing bloodshed.
Briton Sam Ryder came second in the famous competition with his song Space Man.
It was the UK’s best result since 1998, when they finished second.
Britain last won the contest in 1997 and have consistently finished bottom of the standings in recent years.
The UK finished with 466 points, having topped the standings after the jury vote.
But the Eurovision dream scenes were followed by depraved social media posts by brainwashed Putin supporters.
In a sickening comment on social media, Russian journalist Yuliya Vityazeva suggested blowing up the final at the Pala Olympic Arena with a missile.
She wrote: “Bomb him with a Satan missile.”
The RS-28 Sarmat, aka “Satan 2”, can fly over 11,000 miles, carry 15 warheads and has the potential to destroy an area the size of the UK in a single strike.
Putin has previously boasted that the doomsday nuclear weapon can “pierce all defences”.
As a chilling image emerged of a missile that had been coated by Russian soldiers calling for Eurovision to be ‘NUKED’.
Putin’s Butchers also reportedly wrote “Kalush, as you requested”, “help Mariupol” and “help Azovstal immediately” across the bomb.