Following Russia’s invasion, Ukraine calls for exclusion of Russian representation from the upcoming Eurovision contest in Italy this May, wiwibloggs said on Thursday.
The Public Broadcasting Association of Ukraine reached out to the European Broadcasting Union and said that Russia is “violating the international law”, and hence should be prohibited from participating in the continental singing contest.
Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the Ukraine’s broadcasting association, blamed the Russian Broadcasting Union for becoming a puppet of the government, claiming that they “contradict the basic idea of public broadcasting and provide open support of the Kremlin’s illegal actions that threaten the European and international peace”.
Alina Pash, the Ukrainian singer who withdrew from the Eurovision contest, bluntly stated that President Putin is the “Hitler of the twenty-first century”. The singer called on the Russian nation “not to allow Hitler to make you become a part of this madness”, and to “speak. rise up. be brave. be aware”.
British media published a message on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union on Thursday, stating that the the contest will include both Ukrainian and Russian representatives, despite Russian aggressions. The organizers said that the Eurovision is a “a-political cultural event that unites countries and celebrates the diversity with music”. More so, the Eurovision organizers attested that they will continue to “follow the situation up close”.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced it will no longer host the Champions League final in Russia due to the Ukrainian invasion. The competition was meant to take place on May 28th in St. Petersburg, and UEFA executive committee will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the crisis and its’ effect on the event.
“UEFA shares the international community’s significant concern for the security situation developing in Europe and strongly condemns the ongoing Russian military invasion in Ukraine,” the governing body said in a statement.
“We remain resolute in our solidarity with the football community in Ukraine and stand ready to extend our hand to the Ukrainian people.”.
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