Vladimir Putin attacks Ternopil just as the city’s most famous residents Tvorchi perform at Eurovision song contest in LiverpoolTvorchi sang about troops who defended the Azovstal plant in Mariupol By Matt Powell
Published: 23:10, 13 May 2023 | Updated: 04:31, 14 May 2023
Vladimir Putin launched an attack on Ternopil in Ukraine just before the city’s most famous residents Tvorchi performed at the Eurovision song contest.
Warehouses were targeted by Russian missile strikes and two people were injured, Ternopil Oblast Governor Volodymyr Trush confirmed.
It is reported that the warehouses that were hit and caught fire belonged to commercial enterprises and a religious organization.
Ten minutes before performing inside the Liverpool Arena, Tvorchi posted on Instagram citing reports of Ternopil in western Ukraine being attacked.
Tvorchi were also seen holding up a sign showing the name of their hometown while participating in the contest.
Russia launched an attack on Ternopil in Ukraine as the city’s most famous residents Tvorchi performed at the Eurovision song contest
Warehouses were targeted by Russian missile strikes and two people were injured, Ternopil Oblast Governor Volodymyr Trush confirmed
Tvorchi were seen holding up a sign showing the name of their hometown
After performing ‘Heart of Steel’ – a song about troops who fought against Russian forces at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol – Tvorchi posted again saying: ‘Ternopil is the name of our hometown, which was bombed by Russia while we sang on the Eurovision stage about our steel hearts, indomitability and will.
‘This is a message for all cities of Ukraine that are shelled every day. Kharkiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytskyi, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Uman, Sumy, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Kherson and all others.
‘Europe, unite against evil for the sake of peace!’
Eurovision commentator Timur Miroshnichenko said: ‘Well done, boys! For Ternopil, which is being bombed now, for Mariupol, which was bombed a year ago. For all the cities and people of our country!’
Mayor Serhiy Nadal wrote: ‘It was at this time that our city was attacked by Russian missiles.
‘Thank you, because your speech has become a symbol of not only the unity of the country, but of the whole world.’
Russia is yet to make any official comment.