Ukraine wins Eurovision while Russia continues its eastward assault

On Sunday, in Turin, Italy, the Ukrainian hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the organization on his Facebook page for bringing the title to Ukraine and stated his desire for the country to host the 2023 tournament.
“Our bravery inspires the globe, and our music has conquered Europe!” Ukraine will host Eurovision next year. for the third time throughout its existence. And I have faith – not for the last time.
Thank you, Kalush Orchestra, and everyone who voted for us, for the triumph!
After their concert, Oleg Psyuk, the leader of the Kalush Orchestra, appealed for assistance for those still stranded in Russian-held territory.
“Please aid Ukraine, Mariupol. “Assist Azovstal immediately,” he urged in English.
Stephania is a rap lullaby that combines folk and contemporary hip-hop sounds.
Oleh Psyuk wrote Stefania as a homage to his mother before the war, but its sentimental lyrics have taken on greater significance as a result of the war.
Eurovision offers optimism.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to repel a ferocious Russian assault in the country’s east, but the Eurovision victory handed the nation a much-needed morale boost.
Analysts from the West believe that President Vladimir Putin intends to seize southern and eastern Ukraine in the coming months, but his soldiers appear to be encountering significant resistance.
Russia’s conflict in Ukraine is altering the balance of power in Europe, with Finland and Sweden prepared to abandon decades of military neutrality to join NATO as a deterrent against an anticipated Russian invasion.
On Sunday, Helsinki will formally declare its membership application.
Kyiv’s head of military intelligence was equally optimistic, telling Sky News on Saturday that the battle may reach a “breaking point” in August and conclude in Russia’s defeat by the end of the year.
Kyrylo Budanov, a major general, told the television network that he was “optimistic” about the present course of the fight.
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