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Mystery plane crossed six NATO countries and triggered Army jets before pilot vanished
plane flew through the airspace of six NATO countries and triggered several fighter jets – before the pilot promptly disappeared in a small field in Bulgaria, reports claim.The airborne vehicle was spotted by the Hungarian and Romanian Air Force and also soared through Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Lithuania.Fighter jets including two USAF F-16s, two Romanian F-16s and two Hungarian Gripens followed the plane throughout its journey as it did not respond to radio transmissions.It reportedly landed in a small airport in in Debrecen, Hungary, where a group of people got off to refuel the plane before taking off again before cops could catch them.Prosecutors in the Bulgarian city of Targovishte have started an investigation into what happened, according to media outlet Euractiv.The brazen plane was found abandoned in a small local airfield with its engine still warm, the reports say.It parked in a Bulgarian airfield known as the Targovishte Airport, which has been left unused for years and is reportedly now used for agricultural purposes.Bulgarian Ministry of Defence official Dragomir Zakov said it entered his country’s airspace in the evening of Wednesday, June 8.He is reported to have said: “At no time was the plane a threat to civilian or military infrastructure in Bulgaria.“It flew at low altitudes, which made difficult the interception for fighter jets, but it was monitored all the time.“The Ministry of Defense is taking the appropriate actions to establish the circumstances.”Stay in the loop with all the craziest Daily Star news by signing up to one of our free newsletters here.Whilst the Bulgarian Minister of Interior Boyko Rashkov is said to have asked: “What’s the purpose? Who are these people? What happened? We
Ukraine among 10 nations to progress from first Eurovision semi-final
Eurovision Song Contest.The act are currently favourites to win the overall contest, which takes place this week in Turin amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine.Last night (May 10) the first semi-finals were held ahead of Saturday’s (May 14) grand final, with Ukraine progressing along with Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Switzerland.Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk said following their qualification: “We understand we need to stay focused because we want to promote Ukrainian culture and let everyone know about it, This is our goal.”Here's the 10 qualifiers from the First Semi-Final! #Eurovision #ESC2022— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) May 10, 2022Kalush Orchestra, a rap group who formed in 2019, replaced Ukraine’s original entrant Alina Pash, who withdrew from the competition in February, for Eurovision 2022. The group’s track ‘Stefania’ is an ode to powerful mothers.Speaking to NME this week, Psiuk explained how their taking part was a “huge responsibility”, given the ongoing war with Russia.“To represent Ukraine in the international arena is always a responsibility, but to represent it during the war is just the highest responsibility possible,” he said.“The song [‘Stefania’] was composed and dedicated to my mother, but after the war the song has acquired lots of nuances because a lot of people are perceiving it as if Ukraine is my mother,” said Psiuk.