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Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest amid Russian invasion

Members of the band 'Kalush Orchestra' perform on behalf of Ukraine during the final of the Eurovision Song contest 2022 on May 14, 2022 at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin. (Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)
Members of the band 'Kalush Orchestra' perform on behalf of Ukraine during the final of the Eurovision Song contest 2022 on May 14, 2022 at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin. (Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest, as many had expected it would as it faces Russia’s months-long invasion.

Ukrainian folk hiphop band Kalush Orchestra rode a wave of goodwill at the contest this year.

“Stefania,” the song selected to represent Ukraine at Eurovision just days before Russia’s invasion has taken on outsized meaning for a country nearing its third month of war. It contains nostalgic lyrics such as “I’ll always find my way home even if all the roads are destroyed” and celebrates cultural identity and the motherland.

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