The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra held an appeal for the city of Mariupol and the factory in Azovstal on Saturday at the conclusion of their performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. However, there are strict rules regarding political expressions at the festival.
“Help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal now,” singer Oli Psiuk shouted from the stage in Turin, Italy, after the band sang “Stefania.” Russian forces have been bombing a steel mill in the coastal city of Mariupol for weeks. Almost the entire city is in Russian hands, but some troops are still You fight there. The citizens will also still be present in the city.
According to bets, Kalush’s orchestra has a good chance of winning, in part due to the wave of popular sympathy after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In a video address released before the event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he believed the Kalush Orchestra would win. “Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra, (song) No. 12! Let’s support our citizens! Let’s support Ukraine!” he said.