STORY: Proud residents strolled in the sunshine in Ukraine's western Ivano-Frankivsk region the day after Kalush Orchestra triumphed with their entry "Stefania", a song fusing rap with traditional folk music that was a tribute to band frontman Oleh Psiuk's mother.
“I was in seventh heaven, you understand, how I worried about my guys. But I also want us to end the war as fast as possible, and it would be an even bigger victory,” said 74-year-old Petro Yugan.
“I had no doubt that they would win,” said 28-year-old Andriy Pashyn.
The winners traditionally get to host the event the following year and Ukraine is hoping that it will be in a position to do so in 2023.
Ukraine was in fourth place based on jury voting but claimed victory with a record tally in viewer voting in an event that featured 40 nations. Britain's Sam Ryder finished second, while Chanel of Spain came third.