Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision amid Russia’s invasion | Music News

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins the Eurovision Music Contest in a transparent present of widespread assist for the war-ravaged nation that went past music

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra gained the Eurovision Music Contest in Italy on Sunday, driving a wave of widespread assist for the war-ravaged nation amid Russia’s invasion.

The profitable music, “Stefania”, sung in Ukrainian, fused rap with conventional folks music and was a tribute to band frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mom.

The bookmakers had made Kalush Orchestra the clear favorite for the annual contest, which usually attracts a tv viewers of near 200 million, based mostly partly on widespread sympathy for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in February.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was fast to welcome Sunday’s victory, saying “we’ll do our greatest” to host subsequent yr’s contest within the hotly contested port metropolis of Mariupol.

He underlined “Ukrainian Mariupol,” including: “free, peaceable, rebuilt!”

The winners historically get to host the occasion the next yr and Ukraine is hoping that it will likely be able to take action in 2023.

“Our braveness impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Subsequent yr Ukraine will host the Eurovision music contest,” Zelenskyy stated.

“I’m positive that the sound of victory within the battle with the enemy shouldn’t be far off,” he added.

Ukraine was in fourth place based mostly on jury voting however claimed victory with a file tally in viewer voting in an occasion that options 40 nations.

The 439 fan votes is the best variety of televote factors ever acquired in a Eurovision contest, now in its 66th yr.

Britain’s Sam Ryder completed second, whereas Chanel of Spain got here third.

Psiuk thanked the Ukrainian diaspora and “and everybody all over the world who voted for Ukraine. … The victory is essential to Ukraine. Particularly this yr.”

It’s the third time that Ukraine has gained the annual competitors and he stated the music, that includes conventional flutes and breakdancing in a traditional Eurovision combination of kinds, was a contender even earlier than the battle started.

The band’s frontman made a plea for the town of Mariupol and its Azovstal plant on the finish of their stay efficiency.

“Please assist Ukraine, Mariupol. Assist Azovstal proper now,” Psiuk shouted in English from the entrance of the stage.

Talking after the occasion, Psiuk stated he and the band would head again to Ukraine in two days and weren’t positive what the long run held.

“It’s laborious to say what precisely I’m going to do as a result of that is the primary time I win the Eurovision Music Contest however anyway like each Ukrainian we’re able to combat as a lot as we will and go till the tip,” he stated.

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the competition, stated no motion could be taken towards the band for utilizing the stage to make an announcement.

“We perceive the deep emotions round Ukraine at this second and consider the feedback of the Kalush Orchestra and different artists expressing assist for the Ukrainian individuals to be humanitarian fairly than political in nature,” the EBU stated.

VPN use skyrockets in Russia during Ukraine invasion | Russia-Ukraine war News

Thousands and thousands of Russians at the moment are having access to data exterior of the nation with assist from digital personal networks.

Russian residents are turning to digital personal networks (VPNs) in droves in an effort to bypass state-controlled media reporting on the invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, information studies say.

VPNs – which cover customers’ identities and areas – are being downloaded in Russia by the a whole lot of 1000’s a day after Russian authorities launched a crackdown on any media not towing the official line on the conflict, in keeping with The Washington Publish.

Thousands and thousands of Russians at the moment are having access to data exterior of the nation with assist from VPNs, which may pose issues for the federal government of Russian President Vladimir Putin because the assault on Ukraine – described as a “particular army operation” – nears its third month.

Greater than 1,000 web websites have been restricted by Russian authorities – together with Fb, Instagram, and BBC Information – because the battle started, in keeping with a survey by a VPN expertise tracker.

“We didn’t know what was occurring round us,” the Publish quoted a person named Konstantin as saying. “Many individuals in Russia merely watch TV and eat no matter the federal government is feeding them. I wished to seek out out what was actually occurring.”

Every day downloads in Russia of the ten hottest VPNs surged from about 15,000 earlier than the conflict to 475,000 in March, and continued at a price of practically 300,000 a day this week, in keeping with knowledge compiled for the Publish by analytics agency Apptopia.

Due to the imposition of sanctions, paying for a VPN has develop into more and more tough as bank cards don’t work exterior Russia any extra.

Russian officers have sought to curtail VPN use. Alexander Khinshtein, who heads the Russian State Duma’s committee on data coverage, mentioned lately practically two dozen VPN companies had been blocked since mid-March.

“Blocking VPN companies just isn’t a straightforward job, however it’s being executed,” The Moscow Occasions quoted him as saying.