- By Vitaly Shevchenko & Thomas Mackintosh
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Reports say that the home city of Ukraine’s Eurovision act was hit by a Russian missile shortly before the band took to the stage in Liverpool.
The head of the Ternopil regional government, Volodymyr Trush, confirmed two people were injured.
Ternopil Mayor Serhiy Nadal confirmed the warehouses had been damaged.
Ten minutes before taking the stage at Liverpool Arena, Tvorchi posted on Instagram citing reports of Ternopil in western Ukraine being attacked.
After the performance, Tvorchi wrote back on Instagram: “Ternopil is the name of our hometown, which was bombed by Russia when we sang on the Eurovision stage about their hearts of steel, their indomitables and their wills. I.
“This is a message to all Ukrainian cities that are shelled every day. Kharkiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytsky, Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia, Uman, Sumy, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Kherson and all those cities. other.
“Europe, unite against evil for peace!”
They performed “Heart of Steel” – a song about soldiers who led the last unsuccessful resistance against Russian forces at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.
Liverpool will be hosting the competition on behalf of Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict.
At the end of their performance, Tvorchi raised his fist in the air as other countries also waved the blue and yellow flags of Ukraine.
UK Ambassador to Ukraine Dame Melinda Simmons described Tvorchi’s Eurovision performance as “deep”.
Writing on Twitter, she added: “A reminder that the reason Ukraine was unable to host this event is because Russia continues to invade and the Ukrainian people continue to live in danger.”
Russia has not yet made any official comment.
He flew to Germany, arriving in Berlin just before 01:00 local time.