Eurovision 2017: Ukraine’s O.Torvald to perform 22nd in Grand Final
The Ukrainian rock band O.Torvald, Ukraine’s contestant in the Eurovision song contest in 2017, will perform in the 22nd Grand Final in Kyiv in May, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
The running order was determined amid a short draw after a meeting of the heads of delegation from the participating countries in Kyiv.
O.Torvald received 10 points – 5 from TV viewers and 5 from judges – during the national selection finals.
It was founded in Poltava in 2005. In 2006 the performers moved to Kyiv. The band has already released six albums.
Participants from 26 countries will perform in the Grand Final: 10 from each semifinal, representatives of the Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain) and this year’s host country, Ukraine.
The Eurovision 2017 semifinals will take place on May 9 and May 11, and the Grand Final is scheduled for May 13.
It should be recalled that Russia chose a singer Yuliya Samoylova, a wheelchair user who sang in Crimea after annexation.
Ukraine, Turkey sign agreement on travel with national ID cards
Ukraine and Turkey have signed the intergovernmental agreement on mutual trips of citizens with national ID cards, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
The document was signed during the official visit of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman to Turkey, the Government portal reports.
“The provisions of the agreement stipulate that citizens of Ukraine and citizens of Turkey who are holders of passports in the form of ID cards containing a bio chip, shall be able to enter, exit, transit and stay without visas on the territory of Turkey and Ukraine for up to 90 days within 180 days,” the statement reads.
The implementation of the agreement is expected to promote the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, intensification of contacts in social, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other areas.
Militants launched 97 attacks on Ukrainian troops, 1 soldier killed, 4 wounded in last day
Russia’s hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 97 times in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action and four as wounded in action, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers fired 122mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Pavlopil, as well as small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers near the villages of Shyrokyne, Hnutove, Vodiane and Chermalyk. In addition, the enemy used an 82mm mortar near the town of Mar’inka.
In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces opened fire from heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the towns of Avdiyivka and Svitlodarsk, and the villages of Opytne, Zaitseve and Novhorodske. The militants also fired from a tank and 120mm mortars near Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine. The outskirts of the village of Verkhniotoretske and Butivka coal mine came under 120mm mortar fire. Additionally, the enemy fired grenade launchers and machine guns on the village of Pisky, as well as 82mm mortars — on the village of Kam’ianka. The situation was tense near the village of Luhanske where the occupiers shelled Ukraine positions from grenade launchers, mortars, and 152mm artillery systems.
In the Luhansk sector, the Russian-backed militants fired grenade launchers of various systems, as well as 82mm and 120mm mortars, on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske and the town of Popasna. Furthermore, the enemy shelled automatic grenade launchers in the vicinity of the village of Triokhizbenka, small arms and tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka, and small arms near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska. The ATO forces returned fire to de-intensify enemy attacks.