Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gives medal to singer Jamala, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Ukrainian singer Jamala, who won the Eurovision song contest on Saturday (May 14), has been given an award by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko handed her the title of Honoured Artist of Ukraine for her performance of the song "1944" about the war-time deportations of ethnic Tatars from Ukraine's Crimea peninsula by Soviet dictator Stalin. The singer, herself of Crimean Tatar descent, had drawn parallels in interviews to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which provoked Western condemnation of the Kremlin and was opposed by many in the region's Tatar minority. Ukrainian politicians hailed their country's surprise weekend victory in the European Song Contest as a continent-wide endorsement in their smouldering conflict with Russia, while Moscow said the competition had been hijacked by politics. Under Eurovision rules, her victory on Saturday evening means the 2017 contest will take place in the Ukrainian capital. One pro-Kremlin politician in Moscow suggested Russia might boycott the event next year. After the results were announced in Stockholm, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter: "Personally congratulated Jamala with the victory. Today her voice spoke to the world on behalf of the entire Ukrainian people. The truth, as always, prevailed!" Ukraine's victory, 12 years after it last won the Eurovision title, lifted the mood of people worn down by two years of conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the east as well as political crises, corruption and poverty nationwide.