Today, July 7, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has presented a diploma "Honorary Citizen of Kyiv” to Jamala, a Ukrainian singer of the Crimean Tatar descent, who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, according to the press service of Kyiv City State Administration. 

“Pursuant to the decision of the City Council we present the 'Honorary Citizen of Kyiv' diploma to a person who gained another victory for Ukraine - our Jamala. Thanks to her our state will have the chance to be presented as a European country, and Kyiv – as a European capital, which, I am sure, will host the 2017 Eurovision with dignity",  said Klitschko at the solemn award-giving ceremony.

Jamala, in turn, noted that being an honorary citizen of the capital is a great honor for her.

“I want to make famous the cultural capital of Ukraine and prove that we have extraordinary people,” the singer said.

Jamala reportedly sang a Ukrainian song ‘How can I not to love you, my Kyiv!’ at the ceremony.

A Ukrainian singer of Crimean Tatar descent Jamala took the first place at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. She scored victory due to viewers’ votes, ousting the Australian contestant from the first place, who confidently had taken the lead before. Australia and Russia were in second and third place respectively.

President Petro Poroshenko awarded Jamala the title ‘Merited Artist of Ukraine’ on May 16.

PHOTO: press service of Kyiv City State Administration