EUROVISION Champions Kalush Orchestra performs in war-torn Ukrainian cities in a powerful new video clip for their winning track Stefania.
The touching clip was released just hours after the band’s incredible landslide victory on Saturday night.
The music video was filmed in the war-ravaged cities of Borodyanka, Irpin, Buch and Gostomel and shows a female soldier carrying children through the ruined cities, while rapper Oleg Psyuk performs among the destroyed buildings.
The release was reportedly delayed to avoid accusations of politicizing the singing competition.
Soldiers are then shown reuniting some of the children with their loved ones while one of them walks through a cemetery with tombstones.
The final scene shows a little girl looking at the camera while brandishing a Molotov cocktail, a homemade explosive synonymous with Ukrainian resistance.
The fact is that Oleg was seen kissing his girlfriend before boldly returning to the front line to fight Putin’s executioners.
The frontman of a Ukrainian folk rap group gave his girlfriend Alexandra a big kiss outside his hotel before leaving in a taxi.
His six-member group won the competition in Turin, Italy on Saturday with the song Stefania with 631 points.
But the men’s group, who were given special permission to leave the country to compete, were ordered to return home to their war-torn country by Monday.
Under Ukrainian law, all men between the ages of 18 and 60 are prohibited from leaving the country and are called upon to serve in the military or support military operations.
Psyuk said rolling stone the story of how he was called to fight the Russian invaders just two days after his group was chosen to represent Ukraine.
He explained how a soldier barked at him: “Okay, first you have to sign this form that the Ukrainian armed forces are not responsible if you are killed here.
“Then you should go upstairs because our Eurovision contestants are going to have a press conference. It should be interesting – it’s a really good song!”
Back in March, in an interview with The Associated Press, rapper Psyuk said he created a volunteer organization that uses social media to help find transportation and shelter Ukrainians in need.
The brave singer added that the group is “doing everything we can to help our country.”
He praised backing dancer Slavik Gnatenko for his decision to take up a rifle and fight the Russian territorial defense forces near Kyiv.
All members of the group are based in different parts of the country, and all of them participated in the war after the February 24 invasion.
Shortly after they became the winners of Eurovision 2022, the group took to the stage and shouted “Glory to Ukraine” amid scenes of euphoria.
Receiving the cup, the group said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Glory to Ukraine.”
“Stefania” was written by Psyuk as a tribute to his mother, but with the outbreak of war it became an anthem to his homeland.
The lyrics promise: “I will always find my way home, even if all the roads are destroyed.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed to hold the pageant – as is tradition for the winners of the pageant – in Mariupol in 2023, despite the ongoing bloodshed.
British Sam Ryder took second place in the famous contest with his song Space Man.
This is the best result for the UK since 1998, when they finished second.
The last time the UK won the contest was in 1997 and has regularly finished bottom of the leaderboard in recent years.
Great Britain finished with 466 points after topping the standings as voted by the jury.
But the fabulous Eurovision scenes were followed by lewd social media posts from brainwashed Putin supporters.
In a disgusting comment on social media, Russian journalist Yulia Vityazeva suggested blowing up the final at the Pala Olympic Arena with a rocket.
She wrote: “Blow it up with a satanic rocket.”
The RS-28 Sarmat, aka Satan 2, can fly over 11,000 miles, carry 15 warheads, and can destroy an area the size of Britain in one hit.
Earlier, Putin boasted that an apocalyptic nuclear bomb could “pierce through any defense.”
While there was a bloodcurdling picture of a rocket smeared by Russian soldiers calling for Eurovision to be “NUKED”.
Putin’s executioners also reportedly wrote “Kalush as you asked”, “help Mariupol” and “help Azovstal right now” on the bomb.