Ukrainian Eurovision winners auction off their trophy and pink panama to raise over $1 million for military needs

The 97th day of the Russian-Ukrainian war is underway, and the situation continues to escalate. Near 7 million people left their home country while millions of others continue to wonder what the next day will bring. One thing is for sure, people continue to fight in the hope that the nightmare will finally end.

The Kalush Orchestra, winners of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have joined in helping the Ukrainian army by auctioning off a crystal trophy and the iconic pink hat that frontman Oleg Psyuk wore during Stefania’s performance. However, they were not the only ones, as the Lithuanian journalist and influencer Andrius Tapinas came up with his own initiative. Let’s get into the details.

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The Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine became the winner of Eurovision 2022 and came up with a creative idea to support their native country

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The Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine became the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Stefaniya, a tribute to Psyuk’s mother, performed in Ukrainian and combining rap and traditional folk music, took fourth place after the national jury announced the scores, but broke into first place. thanks to a record number of audience votes.

Returning to their homeland in mid-May, they began work aimed at supporting the military actions of Ukraine. From charity concerts to auctioning off a crystal trophy, they go above and beyond before they have to join other Ukrainians on the battlefield.

They auctioned off a crystal statue as well as frontman Oleg Psyuk’s pink hat, raising over $1 million for Ukraine’s war effort.

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The auction for the statue of the winner started on May 29, it was hosted by Ukrainian TV presenter Sergiy Prytula. Also up for auction was frontman Oleg Psyuk’s pink panama hat he wore during his performance.

The funds raised will be used to purchase the PD-2 unmanned aerial system for the armed forces, which includes three drones and a ground control post, Prytula said at the auction. By the end of this, the group had raised over a million dollars for Ukraine’s military and military efforts; $900,000 for the statue and another $370,000 for the hat. The keeper.

The collected funds will be used to purchase the PD-2 unmanned aerial system, which includes three drones and a ground control post.

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Whitebit, a cryptocurrency exchange owned by Vladimir Nosov and Oleg Kain of Estonia and Ukraine, purchased the trophy for 500 Ethereum. However, the hat will go to the Czech Republic. The hat auction is said to have received an impressive 31,088 bids.

“Friends, you are incredible! We are grateful to each of you who donated money to this auction,” said Kalush in facebook mail. “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces!”

“We are grateful to each of you who donated money to this auction,” Kalush wrote in his Facebook post. “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces!”

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However, they were not the only ones, as Lithuanian journalist Andrius Tapinas took the initiative to buy the Bayraktar TB2 military drone for Ukraine.

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However, they were not the only ones buying equipment. Lithuanian journalist and social media activist Andrius Tapinas launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy the Bayraktar TB2 military drone for Ukraine.

Bayraktar TB2 is a medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a long flight duration (MALE), capable of performing remotely controlled or autonomous flights.

Manufactured by the Turkish company Baykar, they have been deployed by the Ukrainians during four months of the ongoing war, with one missile fired from the vehicle destroying a Russian landing craft off Serpent Island in the Black Sea, according to LRT.

The campaign, which was supposed to last 3 weeks, was completed in less than a week, as the goal of 5 million euros was exceeded.

Image credits: Andrius Tapinas

“The Ministries of Defense of Lithuania and Turkey gave the go-ahead, the manufacturer said yes. And now one word sounds in my head – Bayraktar, ”Tapinas wrote in facebook mail.

The reaction of people both in Lithuania and abroad was incredible, the impossible became quite possible.

The aim of the campaign was to raise €5 million in three weeks with Tapinas’ own media company, Laisvės TV, by investing €62,000 left over from previous support campaigns for Ukraine. However, they didn’t take three weeks, as 5,915,207 euros were donated in less than a week.

The reaction of people both in Lithuania and abroad was incredible, the impossible became quite possible

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AT facebook post Tapinas thanked everyone who took part: “We received donations from all over the world. Hundreds of translations came with foreign names, and I sincerely thank all the Latvians, Estonians, Poles, Danes, Germans, French, Americans, Japanese, Swedes, Dutch, Canadians, Norwegians, Italians and others who took part.”

One of the largest Ukrainian TV channels, 1+1invited Tapinas to talk about this initiative and its importance.

Laisvės TV plans to transfer the money to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, which will negotiate with the Turkish producers of Bayraktar.

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Laisvės TV plans to transfer money to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, and representatives will travel to Turkey to start negotiations and build Bayraktar.

The drone will be purchased and handed over to Ukraine as soon as possible, Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said on Sunday, May 29. minister“Ukraine has control equipment, qualified people to work [the Bayraktar]”. More news will follow shortly.

Support for Ukraine comes both from within and from neighboring countries, but propaganda and negativity go hand in hand.

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However, the propaganda machine is worthy of applause as there were already rumors that the Bayraktar was shot down after only 3.5 minutes in the air.

Tapinas humorously stated in facebook post: “Russian propaganda on social networks spread the message that our Bayraktar has already been shot down. It takes incredible anti-aircraft artillery to shoot down a drone that has not yet been bought and is at the factory.”

However, both actions are commendable, and unity between neighboring countries speaks volumes.

We continue to monitor the development of the war, hoping for a speedy end.

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If you want to support Ukraine in this difficult time, I will leave a link to resources here. We can do more than just hope the war ends soon.

Leave your thoughts in the comments below as I’m sure there will be discussion. I wish you all a safe day!

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