Ruslana European Parliament Strasbourg 25/02/2014

Press Conference Ukraine Tuesday 25th February 2014 with Eurovision Song Contest winner Ruslana

It is a rare event at a press conference that a speaker is applauded, as the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstaadt pointed out. The applause was for Ruslana Lyzhychko, winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Photo G. Waghorn

Ruslana Lyzhychko Eurovision Song Contest winner 2004 speaks at European Parliament Press Conference In Strasbourg 25/02/2014 Photo Graham Waghorn

 Ruslana was witness to the events of the previous weeks in Maidan Square in Kiev. She was meters away from exploding grenades. She said, in Ukraine many people cry because so many died and that they should not have died for nothing. They fought to get a new system, they wanted their money not to be stolen, they fought for European integration.