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Ukrainian Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra condemn “sick lottery” with Russian missiles by releasing new dramatic video | World news

The frontman of the Ukrainian group that won Eurovision condemned the “sick lottery” of Russian missiles hitting apartment buildings in his war-torn country.

Oleh Psyuk spoke as the Kalush Orchestra released a dramatic video of their winning song, Stephanie, against images from several cities near Kyiv – Bucha, Irpin, Borodyanka and Hostomel.

Shown are children carried from bombed-out buildings by women dressed in combat gear.

In one case, a woman carries a girl to the train station – in a dramatization of a child who stays with her grandparents.

This is an impactful image of the victims of the mothers as they fight the Russian invaders.

In the captions at the end, the group says that the video is “dedicated to the brave Ukrainian people, to the mothers who protect their children, to all those who gave their lives for our freedom.”

Stephanie was written by Psyuk in honor of his mother.

Speaking on Sunday, the singer said the video showed “what Ukraine is like today”.

He added: “This is the way we see a Ukrainian mother today. Our culture has been attacked. After all, Ukraine is our mother and that’s why so many people have started working on (the song).”

The victory of the Kalush Orchestra gave people the much-needed boost, Psyuk said.

“I think the whole of Ukraine stayed awake until 3 am because it was so important for us – this year’s competition,” he told a news conference.

It was refreshing and really lifted our spirits.

Asked how he felt playing in front of such a huge television audience, he said it was a “huge responsibility” and thought, “You have no right to fuck this up.”

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The video was shot in places, including Bucha and Irpen. Photo: Kalush Orchestra / YouTube

Speaking about the war, Psyuk said the missiles “hit homes, people’s homes,” adding: “It’s a sick lottery with all these missiles.”

The confrontation at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol is “a huge disaster that is really painful for us – people are being held hostage,” he said.

After returning to Ukraine, Psyuk will return to running a volunteer organization that helps people with accommodation, transportation and medicine.

The proper celebration of Eurovision’s victory will have to wait until the war is over, he said.

Asked about the other recordings, he said he “personally enjoyed the UK presentation.”

Members of the group also posed for photos and signed autographs in front of their hotel in Turin on Sunday.

They then packed their luggage in a taxi and went for an interview with the Italian host RAI before returning home on Monday.

The Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine sings their song "Stephanie" again after winning the Eurovision Song Contest
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The Kalush Orchestra is singing Stefania again after winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: AP

After receiving special permission to leave Ukraine to attend the competition, they must now return immediately.

Most Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are barred from leaving if they have to fight.

The band’s short trip abroad led to a tearful moment for vocalist Sasha Tab and his family.

He had to say goodbye to his wife Julia and his two children, who fled Ukraine a month ago and live with an Italian family in Alba.

Julia cried as Tab held her daughter in her arms before boarding the cabin.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the victory of the Kalush Orchestra, saying he hoped Ukraine could host the competition next year.

Ukraine won Eurovision after a a huge demonstration of support from the rest of the continent after Russia’s invasion of the country.

Ukrainian Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra condemn “sick lottery” with Russian missiles by releasing new dramatic video | World news

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