Kalush Orchestra soloist: Words about Azovstal were more important than disqualification from Eurovision

“People who ask this question do not understand how big a trouble is in our country, how important it is. This is definitely more important to me than disqualification or anything else. But I wouldn’t forgive myself for missing out on such a chance. I hope that there is at least one person out of 200 million (Eurovision audience – ed.) who saw and took this into account. Perhaps this will help us in some way, ”said the soloist of the Kalush Orchestra.

At a press conference, he again called for help to rescue about 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers blocked from all sides at Azovstal.

“We are asking for some third country to intervene to give them a way out. How to help – information. Tell everyone, write about it. You have a lot of press here. If each of you writes about it, then this is for sure, I think it will help us. Knock on the authorities of your country. In general, there can be a lot of help. We ask everyone to pay attention to this. This is very important,” Psyuk added.

Ukraine won Eurovision 2022. Group Kalush Orchestra won first place due to the results of the audience voting.

Native Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, who are located on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant surrounded by Russian troops, called on the head of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, to mediate in negotiations on the extraction of fighters to a third country. It could be Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ready to accept them.

As reported, the commander of the unit of the 36th Marine Brigade Sergei Volynsky (Volina) said that the defenders of Mariupol continue to fight and call on the entire world community to help implement the “extraction” procedure for the Ukrainian military.

Intelligence Directorate Officer from the Azov Regiment Ilya Samoylenko saidthat his unit cannot surrender to the Russians, because it has an order to hold the defense of Azovstal in Mariupol and cannot violate it. He is also sure that there is a military way to release the Azovstal plant and release the fighters from there.

Regiment of the National Guard “Azov” showed the wounded defenders of Mariupol blocked by Russian troops, hundreds of whom are in unsanitary conditions, without the necessary medicines and food, are in shelters on the territory of the Azovstal plant, and called on the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to organize their evacuation.


At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on Ukrainian territory and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.

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