Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed that Ukraine will host the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) after the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 final in Turin, Italy, reports news agency MIA.
“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine hosts Eurovision! For the third time in our history,”
Zelensky said on Telegram early Sunday. Whether Ukraine can really host the contest next year is unclear. Zelensky is confident that that Ukraine will win the war against Russia that began on February 24. “Glory to Ukraine!” Zelensky said.
Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said he was already thinking about a potential venue in Ukraine that could host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Currently, Ukraine would be unable to host such a competition because of martial law in the country.
This means that no major events are permitted, and nightly curfews apply.
An end to the armed conflict with Russia is not in sight.