PM says Ukraine’s Eurovision victory is a show of solidarity for the ‘fight for freedom’

PM says Ukraine’s Eurovision victory is a show of solidarity for the ‘fight for freedom’

Boris Johnson joined a bunch of praise for Ukraine’s success at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, calling it not only a “reflection” of talent, but “unwavering support” for the country’s “fight for independence”.

Congratulations to Ukraine on winning the @Eurovision Song Contest 2022,” the PM posted on Twitter.

“It’s a clear reflection not only of your talent, but of your unwavering support for your fight for freedom.”

Mr Johnson congratulated Britain’s runner-up in the competition, writing: “Incredibly proud of @SamRyderMusic and how wonderfully he represented the UK tonight.”

Ukraine won the competition with folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, followed by Sam Ryder of the UK in second place.

Ukraine has been a favorite of the competition since the invasion of Russia – which prompted the organizers to ban the offensive from competition.

Receiving the trophy, the Kalyush Orchestra said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory belongs to every Ukrainian. Slavic Ukrainians.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Doris repeated “Slavic Ukrainians!” (Glory to Ukraine!) tweeted congratulations.

“What a wonderful night. Very close to amazing @SamRyderMusic but with #Ukraine coming first it is still an amazing result,” she said.

Scottish television presenter Lorraine Kelly posted a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin: ‘Congratulations to Ukraine – fix it you Putin – and our @SamRyderMusic makes us proud.

Ryder’s appointment marks the first time in 20 years that the UK has topped the top three with his pop song Space Man.

Katarina Leskanich, who last entered the UK singing Love Shine a Light by Katrina & the Waves, tweeted: “Three cheers to Sam Ryder what a great result for #UK.”

Actor John Barrowman tweeted: “Congratulations on 2nd place #Eurovision #samryder your cause and the song #SpacemanThe United Kingdom is back in the game.”

Former Bucks Fizz winner Cheryl Baker tweeted: “Wasn’t this the best @Eurovision in years?

“Not just because the brilliant @SamRyderMusic came in second, but it was a show of love, joy, inclusivity and no animosity.”

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