Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra head home to ecstatic crowds as they prepare to battle the Russians

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The winners of the EUROVISION Kalush Orchestra were greeted by ecstatic crowds upon their return to Ukraine.

As they crossed the Polish border, locals carrying Ukrainian flags rushed to greet the group, which could soon fight the Russians.

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Kalush Orchestra was welcomed as a hero upon its return to UkraineCredit: AFP
The band were presented with flowers by fans

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The band were presented with flowers by fansCredit: Reuters
Oleg Psiuk kissed his girlfriend as they crossed the border

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Oleg Psiuk kissed his girlfriend as they crossed the borderCredit: Reuters
Kalush Orchestra won the contest on Saturday with their song Stefania

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Kalush Orchestra won the contest on Saturday with their song StefaniaCredit: AFP

Oleg Psiuk kissed his girlfriend as they crossed the border – a day after he was seen kissing her outside his hotel in Turin.

The group received flowers and people with Ukrainian flags posed for selfies with the group.

The six-piece band won the competition in Turin, Italy, on Saturday with their song Stefania – finishing with an astonishing 631 points.

But the all-male group – who have been given special permission to leave the country to watch the competition – have been ordered to return home to their war-torn country by Monday.

Under Ukrainian law, all men between the ages of 18 and 60 are banned from leaving the country and encouraged to join the army or support the war effort.

Psiuk told Rolling Stone how he was called up to fight the Russian invaders, just two days after his band was chosen to represent Ukraine.

He explained that a soldier barked at him: “OK, first you have to sign this form saying that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are not responsible if you get killed here.

“So you should come up because our Eurovision contestants are about to hold a press conference. It should be interesting, it’s a really good song!”

In a March interview with the Associated Press, rapper Psiuk said he started a volunteer organization that uses social media to help find transportation and shelter Ukrainians in need.

The courageous singer added that the group “is doing everything possible to help our country”.

He praised dancer Slavik Hnatenko for his decision to take a gun and fight the Russians with the Territorial Defense Force outside the capital Kyiv.

The members of the group are all based in different parts of the country and all have been involved in the war since the February 24 invasion.

Shortly after being crowned winners of Eurovision 2022, the band took to the stage and shouted “Glory to Ukraine” amid euphoric scenes.

Upon receiving the trophy, the group said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.”

“Stefania” was written by Psiuk as a tribute to his mother, but since the outbreak of war has become a hymn to his homeland.

The lyrics promise, “I will always find my way back, even if all the roads are destroyed.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has pledged to hold the contest – as is tradition for contest winners – in Mariupol in 2023 despite the ongoing bloodshed.

Just hours after their historic win, the band released a new music video for their winning hit featuring scenes of war-ravaged Ukraine and women in combat gear.

The female soldiers appear to carry children through destroyed cities while Psiuk performs among the rubble of destroyed and burning buildings.

Briton Sam Ryder came second in the famous competition with his song Space Man.

It was the UK’s best result since 1998, when they finished second.

Britain last won the contest in 1997 and have consistently finished bottom of the standings in recent years.

The UK finished with 466 points, having topped the standings after the jury vote.

“NUCLEAR EUROVISION”

But the Eurovision dream scenes were followed by depraved social media posts by brainwashed Putin supporters.

In a sickening comment on social media, Russian journalist Yuliya Vityazeva suggested blowing up the final at the Pala Olympic Arena with a missile.

She wrote: “Bomb him with a Satan missile.”

The RS-28 Sarmat, aka “Satan 2”, can fly over 11,000 miles, carry 15 warheads and has the potential to destroy an area the size of the UK in a single strike.

Putin has previously boasted that the doomsday nuclear weapon can “pierce all defences”.

As a chilling image emerged of a missile that had been coated by Russian soldiers calling for Eurovision to be ‘NUKED’.

Putin’s Butchers also reportedly wrote “Kalush, as you requested”, “Help Mariupol” and “Help Azovstal immediately” across the bomb.

The group was voted best show during the competition in Italy

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The group was voted best show during the competition in ItalyCredit: AFP
Oleg Psiuk will return home to join his team of volunteers

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Oleg Psiuk will return home to join his team of volunteersCredit: Avalon.red
Psiuk gave his girlfriend Oleksandra a big kiss outside his hotel before leaving

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Psiuk gave his girlfriend Oleksandra a big kiss outside his hotel before leavingCredit: AP
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