A Eurovision winner landed a kiss from his girlfriend earlier than heading again to war-torn Ukraine to struggle Russian invaders sooner or later after the competition.
Oleg Psiuk, the main member of the Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, was seen embracing Oleksandra outdoors a lodge proper earlier than he left in a taxi for his nation that has been below assault since February,
The picture, akin to a scene out of a film, was launched on Sunday.
Psiuk and his six-member group gained the worldwide songwriting contest Saturday with their upbeat tune “Stefania” clinching the win.
However jubilation rapidly turned to actuality when Psiuk and different members have been referred to as to return to their nation by Monday.
Ukraine mandates all males 18-60 stay within the nation in the course of the battle with Russia. However the all-male group was allowed to depart the nation to compete within the contest.
The tune, initially an ode to Psiuk’s mom, has develop into a rallying cry in Ukraine’s struggle in opposition to Russia.
“Hello mates, right this moment the long-awaited music video ‘Stefania’ has been launched,” the group mentioned on Instagram. “We shot it in Bucha, Irpen, Gostomel and Borodyanka. It hurts deeply and painful.”
Psiuk, who wears a trademark pink bucket hat, turned 28-years-old on Monday.
“Many objectives in my life have been reached and plenty of activity lists have been accomplished. Born in Kalush, I acquired a lot of typical expertise and it was not straightforward to diversify it,” he wrote on the group’s Instagram Monday.
“All through my life I’ve been altering, my views and priorities have been shifting, however there have at all times been just a few qualities driving me that I’d by no means alternate for something. Onerous-working, curious, and avid nature in every part I did. Thanks for at all times being with me. That is only the start…”
He instructed the Affiliate Press earlier than the competition he arrange a volunteer group that makes use of social media to assist folks discover transportation and shelter, in line with PBS.