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Ukraine's Eurovision winners auction trophy to buy drones for army

The Eurovision winners of Ukraine, Kalush Orchestra, raised $900,000. (PS713,000) by selling their trophy.

The contest saw Stefania’s song receive a large show of support throughout the continent after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Kalush Orchestra sold the crystal microphone that they received from Serhiy Prytula, a Ukrainian TV presenter, in a Facebook auction on Sunday.



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According to Mr Prytula, the money will be used for the purchase of the PD-2 drone system, which comprises three aircraft and a ground station.

WhiteBit, an European cryptocurrency exchange, placed the winning bid for 500 Ethereums, which is worth $900,000.

Bids could be accepted in both traditional and cryptocurrencies.

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Tickets were priced at EUR5 per person and included a raffle for Oleh Psiuk’s pink bucket hat.

Mr. Prytula stated that the raffle raised $370,000 (PS293,000 more) for the Ukrainian military. The raffle was attended by over 31,000 participants from 56 countries.

Kalush Orchestra was fighting Russian aggressors in the streets just weeks before they took to the Turin stage.

After their victory, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, defiantly promised that next year’s contest would be held in Mariupol. The Russians control almost the entire city.

Later, the group released a dramatic clip of their song set with images from various cities near Kyiv: Bucha, Irpin and Borodyanka.

Women in combat gear carried children from buildings bombed out.

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