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Eurovision Winners Sell Trophy For $1.25 Million, Buy Drones For Ukraine

Following their Eurovision win earlier this month, Ukranian rap-folk band Kalush Orchestra has sold their trophy for $1.25 million AUD. The group have announced that they will be using the funds to buy drones for the Ukranian military to help them fight off the invading Russian force.

The trophy was sold at auction for $900,000 US (roughly $1.25 million AUD)) to WhiteBit, an Estonia-based cryptocurrency exchange.

The funds will be used to purchase a PD-2 unmanned aerial system made up of three aircraft and a ground control station, according to Ukranian television host Serhiy Prytula.

In an announcement that the trophy had been sold, Kalush Orchestra expressed their appreciation for the cryptocurrency exchange and their fans.

We appreciate each and every one of you who donated to this auction, and a special thanks to the team at Whitebit who purchased the trophy for $900,000 and are now the rightful owners of our trophy.”

As per orders by the Kyiv government, all men aged 18 to 60 must remain in Ukraine during the conflict, which required the band to return immediately. They were given special permission to perform at Eurovision, which took place in Turin, Italy.

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine has been condemned by countries all around the world, including the UK, the US, Australia and more. Thousands of civilians have died, and millions have had to flee. Russia has been accused of war crimes on a number of occasions during their invasion. However, according to Moscow, the invasion is a “special military operation” to free Ukraine from fascists.

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