After several weeks of silence induced by the Russian invasion of the country, Ukraine’s broadcaster Suspilne has uploaded an Instagram post in which they state they are preparing for Eurovision 2022.
Ukraine is set to be represented by Kalush Orchestra. The official Eurovision channel has subsequently uploaded the group’s Vidbir 2022 performance to its account. The group was chosen after a chaotic national final that saw the initial winner Alina Pash and her songs “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” forced aside.
Ever since the start of the war, the broadcaster has understandably remained silent about its participation. Millions have fled the country, including people in the country’s capital Kyiv. Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala is among the Ukrainians to seek refuge elsewhere in Europe.
Russia’s bombing of the Kyiv Television Tower made televisions go dark across the capital – and that prompted doubts surrounding the country’s participation.
Ukraine intends to participate in Eurovision 2022
In an Instagram post shared on Saturday evening, the public broadcaster stated the following:
“Ukraine is preparing for participation in Eurovision 2022.
For the group Kalush Orchestra, Eurovision is very important. At the same time, the band is focused on the situation in our country. They became more active, volunteered, enlisted in the territorial defence and called on everyone to help Ukraine and asked everyone watching this video to speak about the war and to ask [our allies] to close the skies in our country so that Russian bombs would not kill people anymore.
Everything will be Ukraine! Everything will be Eurovision! ❤️🇺🇦”
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Kalush Orchestra member currently employed in territorial defence
With the post, Kalush front rapper Oleh Psiuk confirmed that one of the other members of the group is currently employed as part of the territorial defence of the country. The rapper did not specify which member of the group.
“Eurovision is very important to us but the life of our family and friends is even more important. So now we are doing everything possible to help our country. One team member of our band is fighting in the territorial defense in Kyiv. I have established a volunteer organization. We are helping people to find accommodation, move, find medicine. Our country has united to the maximum.”
“All my friends and people I know keep helping one another, and we are all fighting as one cohesive mechanism. So I would like to ask you and urge everyone who can hear me to help us, speak up about this problem. Earlier, it seemed to be so far away from me on TV when I watched war films, but actually it’s not. When you wake up to explosions and you do not know if your girlfriend is still alive, you understand that it’s all very close and it should not be happening in 2022.”
“I want to ask each of you who is registered in social media, who can go outside and speak up about this. We really need you to spread information and we need help to close the sky. Please help us close the sky, whoever can influence this. If the person who can influence this hears me, please do it. Let’s make the world peaceful in 2022.”