The first semi-final in Kyiv starts tonight at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on UA:Pershyi and STB.

On his Facebook page, Leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev urges to support Jamala:

“Tonight, Jamala, our pride and joy, patriot of Ukraine and a big favorite with Crimean Tatars, will be performing her ‘1944’ song. The song is in English while the refrain is in the Crimean Tatar language. I very much hope that her beautiful voice and highly humanistic lyrics will land her a first spot. This will boost the image of Ukraine at a time the country is facing a dire situation and make a huge contribution to the cause of liberating Crimea from occupation. I am urging everyone to send an SMS message with the number ‘6’ at 7766.

Long live Ukraine!

Mustafa Jemilev”