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.
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.