Home city of Ukraine’s Eurovision act hit by Russian missiles just minutes before they took to the stage

THE hometown of Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest was hit by Russian missiles tonight just minutes before the duo took the stage.

As Tvorchi set about singing their song, inspired by soldiers defending their war-torn country, the duo revealed that their hometown of Ternopil had been bombed.

Tvorchi from Ukraine performed in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest tonight


Tvorchi from Ukraine performed in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest tonightPhoto credit: AP
But minutes before the duo took the stage, their hometown was hit by Russian missiles


But minutes before the duo took the stage, their hometown was hit by Russian missilesPhoto credit: AP

Jeffrey Kenny and Andrew Hutsuliak quickly took to Instagram before chanting to hundreds of millions of people announcing that their western Ukrainian city was under attack.

The group was then seen holding a sign reading Ternopil, surrounded by a sea of ​​yellow and blue flags.

After going backstage at the Eurovision Song Contest, Tvorchi posted, “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 under shelling every day: Kharkiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytskyi, Kiev, Zaporizhia, Uman, Sumy, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Mykolayiv, Chernihiv, Kherson and all others.”

“Europe, unite against evil for peace!”

BBC According to reports, two people were injured when the rockets hit, and warehouses were also blown to bits.

Tvorchi exclusively told The Sun ahead of her performance on Sunday that her song “Heart of Steel” honored those trapped at the Azovstal Steel Plant during the Mariupol bombings.

Lead singer Jeffrey told The Sun on Sunday: “It’s about courage – to keep going no matter how wounded and exhausted you are.”

“It’s about the unbreakable will that makes you who you really are.”

Andrew added: “We wrote Heart of Steel when we saw a video of the defenders standing heroically at Azovstal.

“There was no fear or desperation in her eyes. There was a fire burning there. We translated the emotions into music.”

It came just hours after a Russian fighter jet and helicopter crashed, while two other fighter jets were also reportedly shot down.

Footage shows that a Su-34 jet and a Mi-8 helicopter saw one another crash near a Russian city within two hours, and it is claimed that all four planes were shot down by friendly fire.

Yesterday, Ukrainian missiles reportedly attacked Russian-held towns while Vladimir Putin’s humiliated troops retreated in Bakhmut.

The Russian-held city of Melitopol was left without power after an explosion, officials said.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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