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Ukraine Wins Eurovision Song Contest

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (VIP NEWS) — Ukraine`s Jamala has won this year`s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Stockholm, Sweden.

The country scored 534 points with its song 1944, about the deportation of Crimean Tartars under Josef Stalin.

Australia finished second with 511 points, while Russia – which was the favorite going into the competition – was third with 491 points.

Joe and Jake, who represented the UK with their song You`re Not Alone, finished in 24th place with 62 points.

Jamala is the first Crimean Tartar to perform at the contest and her song caused controversy because of alleged political overtones.

It references the year when Stalin deported almost all of the Tartar ethnic group from its native region of Crimea in what was then the Soviet Union.

The song has angered Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, as tension between the two countries grew.