Ukraine’s Eurovision winners increase $900,000 for navy by auctioning trophy


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Ukraine’s Eurovision winners, Kalush Orchestra, have raised $900,000 (£713,000) for the nation’s navy by auctioning their trophy.

In the course of the contest, the band’s music Stefania acquired a huge show of support from the remainder of the continent following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Kalush Orchestra bought the crystal microphone they acquired in a Fb public sale hosted by Ukrainian TV presenter Serhiy Prytula on Sunday.

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The cash can be used to purchase the PD-2 drone system for the Ukrainian armed forces, which incorporates three plane and a floor management station, Mr Prytula stated.

The profitable bid of 500 Ethereums – valued at $900,000 or £713,000 – was positioned by WhiteBit, a European cryptocurrency alternate that claims it has greater than two million customers.

Bids had been accepted in each cryptocurrencies and conventional currencies.

The public sale was accompanied by a raffle for lead singer Oleh Psiuk’s signature pink bucket hat, with tickets priced at €5 every.

Mr Prytula stated the raffle had raised an additional $370,000 (£293,000) for the Ukrainian navy, with greater than 31,000 folks from 56 international locations collaborating.

Kalush Orchestra had been out on the streets preventing off Russian aggressors simply weeks earlier than taking to the stage in Turin – as a substitute of rehearsing for the largest efficiency of their lives.

Following their win, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy defiantly vowed that subsequent 12 months’s contest can be held in Mariupol. The town is at present virtually solely in Russian palms.

The group later launched a dramatic video of their song set towards photos from a number of cities close to Kyiv – Bucha, Irpin, Borodyanka and Hostomel.

Kids had been proven being carried from bombed-out buildings by ladies wearing fight gear.

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