May 15, 2022

By Jeremy Logan

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Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra has released a new music video, hours after its hit “Stefania” led it to victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The video features scenes of war-ravaged Ukraine and women in combat gear in a sign that the annual song contest has taken on ever more political tones.

Ukraine pulled ahead of Britain in the grand finale after the votes from some of the estimated 200 million viewers from 40 participating countries were tallied.

Russia was barred from the contest this year after its February 24th invasion of Ukraine, a move organizers said was meant to keep politics out of the contest that promotes diversity and friendship among nations.

But politics nevertheless entered into the fray.

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