Boris Johnson has joined a chorus of praise for the success of Ukraine at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest (Eurovision 2022/PA)
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Boris Johnson has joined a chorus of praise for the success of Ukraine at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, calling it a “reflection” not just of talent, but “unwavering support” for the country’s “fight for freedom”.
“Congratulations to Ukraine for winning the @Eurovision Song Contest 2022,” the PM posted to Twitter.
“It is a clear reflection of not just your talent, but of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom.”
Mr Johnson also extended congratulations to Britain’s runner-up in the competition, writing: “Incredibly proud of @SamRyderMusic and how he brilliantly represented the UK tonight.”
Ukraine won the competition with folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, followed by the UK’s Sam Ryder in second place.
Ukraine have been the competition favourites since Russia’s invasion – which prompted organisers to ban the aggressor from competing.
Receiving the trophy, Kalush Orchestra said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.”
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries repeated “Slava Ukraini!” (glory to Ukraine!) in tweeting her congratulations.
“What a fabulous night. So close for the amazing @SamRyderMusic but with #Ukraine coming 1st this is still a wonderful result,” she said.
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