Ukrainian Eurovision winners disagree with decision to not host contest in Ukraine

June 17, 2022

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A Ukrainian minister has released a statement condemning to decision to not allow Ukraine to host Eurovision 2023, which contains signatures from Eurovision winners from Ukraine.

Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Tkachenko Oleksandr has posted a statement on Twitter with the caption: “I’m convinced Ukraine has all the rights and possibilities to host Eurovision 2023 in our country.”

The statement reads: “Ukraine does not agree with the nature of such a decision.”

“We honestly won Eurovision and have fulfilled all the conditions within the deadlines for the process of approving its holding in Ukraine – we have provided answers and guarantees on safety standards and possible venues for the competition.”

The statement closes by saying: “That is why we demand additional negotiations on hosting Eurovision – 2023 in Ukraine. 

Below the statement is a list of names which agree with this message. This includes Eurovision winners Ruslana (2004), Jamala (2016) and Psiuk Oleh from Kalush Orchestra (2022).

Earlier today, the EBU said that Ukraine would be unable to host the contest Eurovision in 2023 due to the ongoing war after the Russian invasion. After winning the contest in May, both Oleh and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said they were hoping the contest could be hosted in Mariupol.

The EBU are yet to comment on this statement. 

What do you think about this statement? Do you agree that Ukraine should be given the chance to host the contest? Let us know in the comments below!

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