The Eurovision drama in Ukraine keeps on escalating, and Alina Pash’s visit to Crimea in 2015 is still making the news. Ukrainian television is now waiting for official confirmation from the authorities on whether the documents are real.
On Tuesday, Suspilne’s CEO Mykola Chernotytskyi shared a story published by newspaper Pravda on Facebook. The article states that Alina Pash’s documents were not issued by the SBGS [State Border Guard Service of Ukraine].
The broadcaster expects to receive an official response from the authorities on Wednesday by 11:00 Ukrainian time.
Chernotytskyi made quite a bold statement at the end of his post.
“In my opinion, scammers cannot represent Ukraine at Eurovision”.
During a press conference held in Ukraine on Monday afternoon, the broadcaster said that they were now investigating whether the documents they received are authentic. They will not sign a contract securing Alina Pash’s Eurovision participation until their investigation is complete.
According to Chernotytskyi’s post, an official response should come tomorrow, and thus an announcement on Alina Pash’s selection could come at any time.
Alina Pash asks fans to stop
Alina Pash has not made any comments on the documents issue, but she did share a message on Instagram Stories, addressed to her fans and those of Kalush Orchestra, who won the public vote at Vidbir 2022. In short, she wants people to calm down.
In the story, Alina also agrees that Kalush have the right to know the full results as they have been demanding.
Why is Alina’s visit to Crimea under investigation?
As we told you over the weekend, Alina has been at the centre of a controversy over whether she entered Crimea illegally.
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 Vidbir winner 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.
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