Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. The Eurovision winners recently auctioned off the crystal microphone trophy. Their goal was to buy drones for Ukraine amid the ongoing crisis.
The Ukrainian bandhas sold off its trophy for $900,000 to raise money for drones for the country’s armed forces fighting Russia’s invasion. According to Reuters, the money raised would be used to purchase three Ukraine-made PD-2 drones, as confirmed by TV presenter Serhiy Prytula, who presented the auction. The band wrote about the auction on Facebook.
You guys are amazing! We appreciate each and every one of you who donated to this auction, and a special thanks to the team (of cryptocurrency exchange) Whitebit who purchased the trophy for $900,000 and are now the rightful owners of our trophy.
The band performed in a charity concert at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Sunday, with the purpose of raising money for medical care and supplies, according to the BBC. At the concert, band member Oleh Psiuk advised people not to become accustomed to the war. BBC reported Psiuk’s statement.
It should be on the front pages always, until peace comes.
Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest final on May 14 by sweeping the public vote with their song “Stefania.” Given that most Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country for the event, the band had special authorization to leave Ukraine for the event.
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