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Update at 14:20 GMT on February 14: Ukraine’s broadcaster now says it has received information throwing the authenticity of Alina’s documents into question. Please see our new post here for the latest. Our original post remains below.

After an eventful Vidbir, Alina Pash emerged as Ukraine’s Eurovision 2022 representative. However, her appointment was met with a lot of questions surrounding her 2015 visit to Crimea. On Sunday Ukraine’s public broadcaster Suspilne has published a set of documents from the country’s border control service. They confirm that Alina Pash entered Crimea through a Ukrainian land border in accordance to local rules.

Alina Pash and Crimea: What is happening? 

In the weeks before the selection show, commenters on social media wrote that Alina Pash had previously visited Crimea via a flight from Moscow, thus breaking one of the selection’s rules.

This rumour emerged after a 2019 interview Alina had with Kateryna Osadcha’s programme Svitske zhittya. There, the songstress mentioned that she visited in Crimea in 2015. Specifically, she used the word “to fly” when she described her trip to the peninsula. 

In an interview to Timur Miroshnychenko last week, Alina stated that she did in fact not fly to into Crimea. Instead, she said that she went there by bus. She noted that the fragment with Kateryna Osadcha was taken out of context. She added that she did not go to Crimea for a performance but for a private affair. Suspilne subsequently received physical proof from Alina that she indeed passed the land border. 

Ukrainian border control registered her twice at a land border checkpoint

Suspilne published a set of documents proving that Alina Pash indeed entered Crimea by land border and therefore did not break Ukrainian law or any Vidbir selection rules. On two occassions in August 2015, she was registered to have passed through the Ukrainian state land border checkpoint Chaplynka in the Kherson Oblast of Ukraine. 

The document of the Ukrainian border control services reads as follows: 

“Within the power granted by the Administration of the State Border Service of Ukraine, based on the results of your request, we inform you that according to the data of the State Border Service, P [censored], A [censored] transited the border of Ukraine in 2015 through the checkpoint Chaplynka. 

11 August 2015, citizen P [censored], A [censored] I [censored] carried out an exit from the state border of Ukraine through the checkpoint Chaplynka.

13 August 2015, citizen P [censored], A [censored] I [censored] carried out an entrance on the state border of Ukraine through the checkpoint Chaplynka.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Alex
Alex
11 months ago

Kalush were robbed because the jury wanted a political song to represent Ukraine. There I said it. Also, Tina Karol worked with her on her album!

nata
nata
11 months ago
Reply to  Alex

It was known from the start that Alina was going to win…this is why, if you watch closely…her emotional responses to everything were fake as hell 🙂
I didn’t even know who she was nor knew anything about Ukrainian selection before the show’s Livestream and something seemed really off with her…even my boyfriend noticed

Errigal
Errigal
11 months ago

The drama escalates! I really don’t see anything that suspicious with Alina’s win, the documents, well it could take a while and it (I hope) is not true.

duxx
duxx
11 months ago

Drama and Ukraine, why is it always go together…

hhhhurricane
hhhhurricane
11 months ago

i love how the ukranian televison whips out a political song after any major scandal with russia as if anyone voting actually cares lol

beccaboo1212
11 months ago

Phew! I’m glad she’s able to fly to Italy.

Agent 007
Agent 007
11 months ago

Off Topic
Rosa Linn will represent Armenia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCt9gfNSyg4

Adam
Adam
11 months ago

Song is really good but I just pray that whole Russia-Ukraine politics with war behing will stop and everyone will stay safe.

Darren
Darren
11 months ago

Kyiv/Lviv/Odessa….probably Kyiv 2023

Calling it now.

Aria
Aria
11 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Christer Björkman’s comeback in
Kyiv/Lviv/Odessa….probably Kyiv 2023

Calling it now.

Probably Kyiv again. Fun game to pretend it could be somewhere new but then they realize they wasted too much time with too many scandals so they just pick the easiest way again.

Last edited 11 months ago by Aria
Darren
Darren
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

Can’t deal with a Bjorkmann comeback….ESC really needs to distance itself from himself and the other one ….Kirkorov

Por no estar
Por no estar
11 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Yesyesyes!!

Guest2022
Guest2022
11 months ago

Amazing Kalush Orchestra to Italy please! Alina’s song is chaos, the results are weird and she has problems with their law.

Jessie
Jessie
11 months ago

Ukraine of course -Maruv

Agent 007
Agent 007
11 months ago

If the person wants to visit Crimea, why they cannot chose the way they want to do that. Ukraine is a criminal state.

Samo
Samo
11 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

You can’t enter Ukrainian territory without passing Ukrainian border checkpoint and Crimea is part of Ukrainian territory.

Agent 007
Agent 007
11 months ago
Reply to  Samo

So she was entering Ukraine from inside Ukraine? Surreal!

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
11 months ago

This song is about history. History involves politics but it can’t not. All this song means to me is that everyone has a history. Call it political if you want, but all you are saying is Ukraine can’t talk about their history without it being political. That’s not okay.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
11 months ago
Reply to  ESC Stan

FYI I’m not from ukraine

Agent 007
Agent 007
11 months ago
Reply to  ESC Stan

Armenians are not allowed to have history, right?

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
11 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

What does Armenia have to do with my comment?

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

Ukraine proving once again that there are zero politics involved in ESC. (:

Last edited 11 months ago by Aria
Kobe
Kobe
11 months ago

Can we please stop all this political nonsense.

Last edited 11 months ago by Kobe
Por no estar
Por no estar
11 months ago
Reply to  Kobe

No this situation needs our attention and love. This needs to be discussed