Ternopil, Ukraine, was attacked before the Eurovision act’s performance.
According to sources, the home city of Ukraine’s Eurovision act was attacked by Russian missiles just seconds before the band took the stage in Liverpool.
Volodymyr Trush, the head of the Ternopil regional state administration, acknowledged two persons had been hurt.
Serhiy Nadal, the mayor of Ternopil, stated that warehouses had been destroyed.
Tvorchi wrote on Instagram ten minutes before entering the stage at the Liverpool Arena, alleging news of an attack on Ternopil in western Ukraine.
Tvorchi posted on Instagram after the performance, “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 Ukrainian cities that are shelled every day.” Dnipro, Khmelnytsky, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Uman, Sumy, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Kherson, and all other cities.
“Europe, stand united against evil for the sake of peace!”
Tvorchi, comprised of producer Andrii Hutsuliak and Nigerian-born performer Jeffery Kenny, will attempt to defend their Eurovision championship after Kalush Orchestra triumphed in Turin last year.
They sang “Heart of Steel,” a song about troops who led an ultimately failed resistance against Russian forces at Mariupol’s Azovstal complex.
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Because of the continuing conflict, Liverpool is hosting the competition on behalf of Ukraine.
Tvorchi held their fists in the air at the end of their performance, while acts from other countries waved the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine.
Tvorchi’s Eurovision performance was regarded as “poignant” by the UK’s envoy to Ukraine, Dame Melinda Simmons.
She said on Twitter, “Reminder that the reason why Ukraine could not host this event is because Russia continues to invade and the people of Ukraine live in continuing danger.”
Russia has yet to issue an official statement.