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Hear this, Putin: huge support sweeps Ukrainian band to Eurovision win

At an event that usually draws a TV audience of nearly 200-million, the Kalush Orchestra took the prize

Tara Oakes

Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday with its entry Stefania, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory that was welcomed by the country’s president.

Sung in Ukrainian, the winning song fused rap with traditional folk music and was a tribute to band frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.

Bookmakers made Kalush Orchestra the clear favourite for the annual contest, which normally draws a television audience of close to 200-million, based in part on popular sympathy for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion in February...

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