Ukraine Eurovision contestant wrote song as tribute to mum before Russia invaded

Oleh Psyuk opened up about his winnng Eurovision song entry for Ukraine, revealing that he wrote it as a tribute to his mum before the country was invaded by Russia.

But since Putin sent troops into Ukraine, the song Stefania has become an anthem for millions of Ukrainians and has taken on a completely different meaning.

Lyrics such as "I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed" are fitting to the sad situation in Ukraine, as more than 11million citizens have left the country.

Stefania was a huge hit at the Eurovision Song Contest, with Oleh and his Kalush Orchestra bandmates Ihor Didenchuk, MC Kilimmen Tymofii Muzychuk and Vitalii Duzhyk coming out on top with 439 points.

Oleh said: "The song was dedicated to my mother and was written a long time before the war. But after it all started, people began hearing it differently.

"Many people are now perceiving the whole of Ukraine as their mother, or many people are just missing their mothers."

Oleh, from Kalush in western Ukraine, paid tribute to his countrymen and said how the band's friends and relatives who are still in the country are on their minds.

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He said: "Of course we’re always worried. There are lots of friends I know who have suffered from this war, some people who have died. It’s just horrible.

"You wake up hearing explosions and then every morning you don’t know if all your friends and family are alive or not.

"It really is terrible. When I see those images on television from Bucha or Mariupol, I can only feel these horrible emotions which are indescribable. I have relatives who have gone to fight. We will never forgive our enemy for the hundreds of deaths of innocent children, tortured people, burned houses and all the bombs dropped on civilians."

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