Hometown of Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest attacked by Russia ahead of performance | world news
Russia reportedly attacked the Ukrainian city of Ternopil when the country’s Eurovision band, based in the city, wanted to perform.
The region’s chief administrator, Volodymyr Trush, confirmed that two people were injured in the explosion.
Ternopil Mayor Serhiy Nadal also confirmed that warehouses had been damaged.
Ten minutes before taking the stage at Liverpool Arena, Ukrainian Eurovision actor Tvorchi posted reports on Instagram that Ternopil in western Ukraine had been attacked.
After his performance, Tvorchi wrote again on Instagram: “Ternopil is the name of our hometown that was bombed by Russia while we sang on the Eurovision stage about our hearts of steel, our inflexibility and our will.”
“This is a message to all cities of Ukraine that are bombed every day.” Kharkiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytskyi, Kiev, Zaporizhia, Uman, Sumy, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Mykolayiv, Chernihiv, Kherson and all others.
“Europe, unite against evil for peace!”
British Ambassador to Ukraine Dame Melinda Simmons said Ukraine was hit by Russian missiles on Saturday when the Eurovision Song Contest was taking place, including the university town of Ukrainian artist Tvorchi.
“Meanwhile, this Eurovision night Ukraine will again be attacked by Russian missiles,” tweeted Dame Melinda.
“Remind that the reason (Ukraine) could not host this event is because (Russia) continues to invade and the people of (Ukraine) live in continued danger.”
Dame Melinda praised the Ukrainian contestants in the singing competition, adding, “Tvorchi (definitely) wins the graphic arts award.” The staging was brilliant.
“And poignant as their university hometown of Ternopil was attacked by (Russian) missiles that night.”
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