The poignant moment that the Ukrainian presenter celebrates the Eurovision victory – from his bomb shelter

A filthy concrete bunker is hard to keep up with the glitz of competition, but his joy is overwhelming

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Eurovision: Ukrainian commentators celebrate in bomb shelters

Ukraine’s commentator for Eurovision last night celebrated his country’s historic victory in the contest from an underground bomb shelter.

Footage of Timur Miroshnychenko, 36, jumping out of his seat to scream and punch the air in glee as the announcement was made has caused a huge reaction online – just days after a photo of him went viral. Waves from his filthy concrete bunker are spread.

His reaction came when the Ukrainian song – Stefania by Kalush Orchestra – was voted the most loved song by a large amount of goodwill from the European public voting by phone.

The song, which combines rap with elements of Ukrainian folk music, is a tribute to Ukrainian mothers who are working to keep their children safe from harm during the ongoing conflict with Russia.







Timur Miroshnychenko could barely contain his joy
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Coincidentally, Ukraine is also going through a different kind of war when it last won Eurovision in 2016, which came two years after Vladimir Putin’s army invaded and then annexed the Crimean peninsula from it.

And Miroshnychenko has not only been the face of his country’s Eurovision since 2007, he also played a huge role in helping his compatriots when Russia first invaded in February this year – Drive an aid transport truck and transport refugees out of the conflict zone.

Indeed, since the invasion began, more than 12 million people are said to have fled their homes in fear for their lives.

Among them were Miroshnychenko’s two young children, who were forced to flee to Germany. It was a separation that he admitted was “the hardest part of the war.”







Kalush Orchestra, performing for Ukraine, won 631 points in the competition
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“But I have to be here, of course,” he said before Metro.co.uk. “It was the most difficult time for my country. I couldn’t leave it.”

He added that when conflict broke out, Eurovision was the last thing on everyone’s mind.

Miroshnychenko said: “Nobody in Ukraine thinks about Eurovision.

“They just think about how to survive, how to get to safe places, our families, our children.”

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