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Ukraine’s minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko has demanded that the EBU reverse its decision to hold Eurovision 2023 outside of Ukraine.

In a statement signed by Eurovision winners Ruslana and Oleh Psiuk (frontman of Kalush Orchestra) and Mykola Chernotytskyi, the director of state TV channel Suspilne, the minister called for further talks about hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine. We’re reprinting it in full below. 

 

“In response to the published statement of the European Broadcasting Union on the impossibility of hosting Eurovision – 2023 in Ukraine, we want to emphasize the following.”

“Ukraine does not agree with the nature of such a decision – when we were confronted with the fact without discussion on other options. But we strongly believe that we have every reason to hold further negotiations in order to find a joint solution that will satisfy all parties.”

“We honestly won Eurovision and have fulfilled all the condition 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.”

“Hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine is a strong signal to the whole world that it supports Ukraine now. We will demand to change this decision, because we believe that we will be able to fulfil all the commitments, as we have repeatedly [emphasised to] the European Broadcasting Union.”

“That is why we demand additional negotiations on hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine.”

Ukraine asks EBU to reverse its Eurovision 2023 host country decision

Apart from signing the minister’s statement, CEO of Suspilne Mykola Chernotytskyi released another one himself.

“We are disappointed with this decision of the EBU. During this month, a large number of people in Ukraine have thrown all their efforts to fulfil the conditions for holding Eurovision in our country. Security is, of course, our first priority. The team of UA: PBC, state and local authorities did a thorough job and offered different options. It is a pity to see such an unappealable statement, ​​therefore, we ask our partners to hold further negotiations.”

According to Chernotytskyi, Ukraine had proposed three different possibilities: hosting in Kyiv, Lviv or Zakarpattia.

These last two are close to the borders with Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, and have not been under continuous attacks during the war. 

Eurovision’s organising body the European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that Ukraine will not host the 2023 contest. In a statement released on Friday 17 June, the EBU said that discussions will now begin with the United Kingdom.

What do you think about this decision? Should the EBU reconsider their decision? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Me Me
Me Me
11 days ago

LOL @ Ukraine. They showed a Eurovision presenter broadcasting from a bunker and now they’re saving it’s safe to host the whole thing there? Get out of here.

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago

Ukraine is really overestimating safety of their own country. No matter how many safety measures you put into place, a warzone is still a warzone. People don’t want to run to the bunker in the middle of the show. It’s not that hard to understand.

vetrina
vetrina
14 days ago

The only thing I hate about BBC hosting ESC is that there’s a strong chance of Graham Norton hosting the shows

Jack Popfield
Jack Popfield
14 days ago
Reply to  vetrina

And what’s wrong there? Graham Norton is a broadcasting legend and a bridge between the Eurovision world and casual saturday night viewers for his grand final commentary. He was arguably at his best this year, not only cause UK got their best result during his tenure but he also explained the meaning and message behind many entries including Serbia (which many Eurofans feared he would mock) I can see him doing what Terry Wogan did in 1998 being a dual host and commentator. Appearing in first 10 minutes then into his commentary box for all performances then back out on… Read more »

ezra
ezra
15 days ago

Some bitter commenters here, well, what’s new. The BBC will do a great job. Yall can cry

ezra
ezra
15 days ago

We love u Ukraine but is it really sensible to host atm? No, let the UK do it, they even said their will Ukraine influence. What happened to the whole “we’re not in it for the victory” hmm

Thallo
Thallo
15 days ago

Ukraine won’t go down without a fight.

Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they boycotted a contest held in the UK. This hosting drama is only starting guys.

Héctor
Héctor
15 days ago

This is sttarting to be irritating. Can they put their feet on the ground and focus on the war at home? Let’s be real: they aren’t able to host it in Ukraine because they are in war. Period. I’m starting to believe they are doing it because of the spotlight and the money they would receive and using the fuss as a smokescreen to hide the population from what’s going on. I’m very disappointed on how Ukrainian officers and the broadcaster are managing the win tbh. I could also imagine Ukraine withdrawing because they aren’t allowed to host. Typical Eastern… Read more »

MTD
MTD
13 days ago
Reply to  Héctor

I’m very disappointed on how Ukrainian officers and the broadcaster are managing the win tbh. I could also imagine Ukraine withdrawing because they aren’t allowed to host. Typical Eastern drama.”

Hey Hector, are you a Spaniard? Oh, the Spanish drama. 🙂

MTD
MTD
16 days ago

While I holehearteadly like UA to host, they need to be realistic. Also, EBU should be realistic as well. Getting such PR early this summer instead of ironing out all the details with UA seems pathetic.

While they emphasise that the production needs months of preparing, it can be done otherwise. Long gone are the Swedish money-milking people around.

In the end, UA deserves this, but we all know that it is impossible.

And seeing the comments below this article I am more than sure that I don’t want to be part of the toxic fandom.

Kredential
Kredential
16 days ago

If Ukraine wants to host the show so badly, then go ahead. But don’t be surprised when countries start pulling out or protesting over security concerns. Please use some common sense and let the UK host!

Vicky
16 days ago

They didn’t ASK, they DEMANDED. Demanded is a key word.

Þórir
Þórir
16 days ago

The victim blaming in this comment section is an utter mess. Suspect a few folks here will be getting a paycheck from the Kremlin in the coming days… Ukraine never asked to be invaded, or to have its people become victim of disgusting war crimes and actions that border on genocide. The aggressor here is Putin’s Russia. None of this would have happened if Russia had simply respected the right of its neighbor to exist. The situation for ESC in this is far from ideal. Ukraine won. Whether it was because of solidarity votes, a good song, or most likely… Read more »

XOOD
XOOD
16 days ago

I’m calling it now, Ukraine will somehow take this as offensive and withdraw “I hope so”, like a child throwing a tantrum because he does not get what he wants.
Thinking that you can host an large-scale event especially at this time is the definition of DELUSIONAL.

Im so fab
Im so fab
16 days ago
Reply to  XOOD

Let’s hope Ukraine will withdraw for the next 10 years. Can’t stand them anymore.

gigi
gigi
13 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I could not agree more with you.

We stil remember that reaction when they didnt get running order in second half, and singers reaction says a 1.000 words. Disgusting

We can also see this hyterican “demand”

Also from what we see on tv their president is with head in clouds and very off with reality.

All in total very childish attitude from Ukraine officials. An from that reaction it is obvious that their victory was not was not quite fair thing on which EBU should be proud of. Pure and bare sypathy victory.

Héctor
Héctor
15 days ago
Reply to  XOOD

I’d say they already know they can host this large scale event, but their pride, nationalism and need of attention to remain under the spotlight won’t let it go. We are already helping Ukraine in a lot of areas, I believe they should just focus in winning the war and end it as quick as possible. These are banal efforts trying to hide the truth of what’s going on. As much as they want it, Ukraine is not a safe country yet and has no safety infrastructure to host Eurovision or any other large scale event with guarantees. Nor it… Read more »

Gassenhauer
Gassenhauer
16 days ago

I love Ukraine. They’re brave and stubborn, and they fight for their right to be like any other nation in Europe, but seriously, could you imagine the insurance bill for this?

Whatever
Whatever
16 days ago

I hope next year Ukraine won’t even participate. I’m so tired of their bs and delusions and entitlement (like zelensky demanding Ukraine to be given the victory just hours before the final). It’s Ukraine 24/7 everywhere like nothing else exist, just gtfo if I never heard about their country again it’ll be too soon, at this point.

gigi
gigi
13 days ago
Reply to  Whatever

?????

gigi
gigi
13 days ago
Reply to  gigi

I made mistake with my quoted post. Instead of question marks i wanted to put 5 hearts for liking “Whatever” post, xet dunno how server my hearts recognized as question marks.

MTD
MTD
13 days ago
Reply to  Whatever

Living in your own issue-free world, aren’t you??

Alex
Alex
16 days ago

lol at them considering Zakarpattia

cmon they can’t be serious

Devito
Devito
16 days ago

From the moral compass of my own, winning a contest because of the sympathy votes is far from winning it “honestly”. Additionally, I find this very careless and arrogant to demand +40 delegations to risk their lives and, HONESTLY, mental well-being just for the sake a competition to be held in a war devastated country. You would say, the war is not happening in all of Ukraine, Western Ukraine is especially untouched by the war so they could host it in Lviv, for example. Well then, tell this to those 5 million Ukrainians who fled from Ukraine instead of relocating… Read more »

musica
musica
16 days ago
Reply to  Devito

‘Enslaving Europe’? Really? What a completely distasteful comment. You make it seem like Ukraine asked to be invaded by another country. And how dare people in Kyiv have a night of fun in a bar, they should stay desperate and hopeless 24/7.

Devito
Devito
16 days ago
Reply to  musica

Exactly, enslaving Europe with the only thought 24/7. We’re not yet finished with the pandemic crisis, but experiencing also the energy crisis at the same time. It’s very much likely that soon we will experience the food and real estate crisis as well, which may all lead to the “amazing” 2007-2008 economic crisis origins. And yet, all we hear about is Zelensky demands, Zelensky asks, Zelensky warns, Zelensky mocks, Zelensky… It gets tiring especially with a record high inflation and the question rather “Do I buy bread or should I pay electricity bills?” instead of “Do I donate to Ukraine… Read more »

musica
musica
16 days ago
Reply to  Devito

Poor you, how much you have to suffer from Zelensky’s demands!

musica
musica
16 days ago

5 million Ukrainians have fled their country, but sure, you expect European artists and their team to happily fly to Ukraine for two weeks and perform at the biggest music festival in the world. It’s just not going to happen. You shouldn’t even want this, even if you’ve won the war come May (let’s hope so) there’s a million better things to spend your money on than hosting this event. I understand it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but let’s be realistic.

Baby Grogu
16 days ago

The UK has every right to host the show – Sam Ryder was runner-up and the jury winner, The UK is one of The Big Five as well as the most experienced Eurovision country. And unlike Ukraine at the moment The UK can guarantee safety of workers, audience, tourists and contestants.
One would argue that Ukrainian politicians have more pressing issues to deal with rather than questioning EBU decisions….

CarlosM
CarlosM
16 days ago

In an ideal world, yes, Ukraine should host. But, they can not guarantee anyone’s safety, even they’re own. No one knows if Russia or some rogue military commander will attack the host city if Ukraine hosts it.

Plus, I highly doubt Ukraine can rebuild the necessary infrastructure (venue, hotels, restaurants, modes of transportation, etc.) that has been damaged or destroyed by Russia in time for the Contest.

Ukraine’s broadcaster should be focused on rebuilding once Russia is completely out of there. In the meantime, they should work on choosing their 2023 entry.

CarlosM
CarlosM
16 days ago
Reply to  CarlosM

I meant, their own safety.

Ellen
Ellen
16 days ago

Oh lord… I hate that they’re still convinced they can hold a contest in the middle of a war and protect all the people that would have been involved in it while there are million of Ukrainians outside Ukraine’s borders needing the support of their politicians. They’re litteraly letting them down for hosting a SONG CONTEST and using it for their propaganda. That’s so immature!

Ivan
Ivan
16 days ago

Minister is right and he should invite 439 points to help them organize the whole event.

Helena
16 days ago

Oh God, Ukrainian propaganda.

Henno
Henno
16 days ago

I’m really suprised how ruthlessly immature the Ukrainian representatives are being about this. It’s actually quite pathetic… Signed statements, demands… who in God’s name do you think you are to demand that this fun, peaceful event takes place in an active warzone? NB – This comment is not aimed at the wonderful Ukranian people… our hearts are truly with you it’s the decision makers who are speaking for you who are letting you down, here. Get a grip, Suspilne.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

Like a wise Drag Queen once said: “DELUSION, CONVINCE YOURSELF”

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

It’s the perfect perfume for EBU and BBC people, for sure.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

Perfect for you honey, give it a lil spritz : D

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
16 days ago

That minister is delusional if he thinks Ukraine could justify the expense of hosting when Ukrainian people are dying. It would not be a “show of solidarity” for the EBU to send thousands of people into a potental war zone for a frivolous contest. And like, we all love Eurovision here, but sometimes it has to take a back seat to reality. And the reality is that Ukraine is not in a position to host the show at home. And I doubt very much that the Ukrainian people would want to play Eurovision villagers for a bunch of tourists while… Read more »

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago

Eurovision does not deserve Ukraine.

Ukraine should consider boycotting the show and organise an alternative show with other like-minded broadcasters. Based on the viewership figures, Eurovision is on a downward trend anyways. It’s time to abandon ship.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

If you feel ESC is “..on a downward trend..” then quit commenting on posts related to the contest.

Ukraine is under constant danger now more than ever before and many areas in it were destroyed by the crazy Ruzzian dictator.

Ukraine cannot guarantee safety if they were to host the contest in 2023 and they need to invest their money to help their citizens.

The UK are the runner ups so they should get the hosting gig if they want it, and they do.

UpinSpaceFan
UpinSpaceFan
16 days ago

Bore off.

Henno
Henno
16 days ago

Yep, I agree – please f*** off, with that rougue, infantile attitude.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago

More like Ukraine doesn’t deserve Eurovision!

XOD
XOD
16 days ago

Piss off! You like being degraded in these comments (no kink shaming tho)

Torino Wonderful
Torino Wonderful
16 days ago

Some people say : Ukraine is the rightful winner, but it should not host. I say no, it’s not the rightful winner, everything that is happening now is a predictable chain reaction. This is why sympathy votes don’t work. Europe is geting what it deserves, I’m eating popcorn and enjoy the drama.

hqckk
hqckk
16 days ago

Eurovision was created to unite a divided europe. of course Ukraine won with sympathy votes, but it showed how united europe is, literally fulfilling the purpose of esc, plus it wasn’t a bad song. It’s been over a month and I cannot believe people are still complaining about this. It’s a unique situation and unique solutions need to be found. Nobody expected ukraine to host, no matter how many people hoped for it, it was always going to be given to someone else.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  hqckk

It literally wasn’t though because not every point went to Ukraine and Ukraine manipulated people using the war! It’s like when you’re in a dictatorship and you’re forced to take a certain stance because you don’t want to get arrested.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago

The real winner of Eurovision 2022 was the great SPACE MAN, Sam Ryder! That is why the UK should host in 2023!!!

James
James
16 days ago

The real winner is whoever gets the most points from voters.

gigi
gigi
13 days ago

I love your post coz im eating popcorn too (with caramel coating) and enjoy the drama toooo!

Pancake
Pancake
16 days ago

Ukraine, I love you, but you’re basically asking for potential tourists to risk their lives and safety just so to host the event and turn it into a herald of Ukrainian Solidarity. And even if Lviv and Zakarpattia are relatively safe, who’s to say you-know-who won’t bombarded the outskirts of the potential host city as a big F U to Ukrainian sovereignty. I think EBU made the right decision of allowing the UK host the show. Aside from being 2nd, they’re one of the countries that are fiercely fighting for Ukraine’s defense. I think we could still make Eurovision a… Read more »

Green
Green
16 days ago

Eurovision should just become a donation link for Ukraine. If they spotlight Ukraine next year in UK i will bet my entire pension that Ukraine will win

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
16 days ago
Reply to  Green

We better enjoy the national final season

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Green

Ukraine should be suspended until the war ends and be made into a charity spotlight as you said.

Þórir
Þórir
16 days ago

Why should Ukraine have to pull out? They never asked to be invaded.
Don’t blame the victim for the actions of the aggressor

ezra
ezra
15 days ago
Reply to  Þórir

you missed the point completely, please read comments carefully before making embarrassing statements.

Milyoki
Milyoki
16 days ago

I think nobody want to come to Ukraine when they know that missile can flying on their head…

Leekun
Leekun
16 days ago

Im sorry but them hosting the contest in the current state would be like painting a big red target and writing ”shoot missiles here” Putin is so unhinged that I would not be surprised. Millions of people would be at risk and why not focus on the people that needs help?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
16 days ago

So basically, they are mad that they might not politicize this contest as much as they want, that’s the issue! And UK also needs to get its piece of cake, it should not be all about Ukraine at the end of the day. This hasn’t ended, they might still send something about war and politics next year and win again. They want to make Ukraine win and then host it to show them how they recovered, while the reality is that it will take years to get healed of this. Poor country, poor all those citizens who have to suffer… Read more »

Jason
Jason
16 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Exactly well said. And all this virtue signalling is not going to help the average Ukrainian. It’s ridiculous you can’t even critise their government without being a so called supporter of Russia. I love how you have the usual idiots waving the pride flag along with the Ukrainian flag. When you tell them gay rights in Ukraine is not exactly great, but carry on waving those flags as I’m sure it’s going to help the people in a war zone. It’s pathetic how people just go along with narratives without seeing what the people in power are getting out of… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago

No, Sam Ryder won Eurovision, fair and square. The rules say NO POLITICS but obviously the largest amount of televotes in Eurovision history alongside a war where people are being asked to be sympathetic towards Ukraine is just a coincidence, right? There couldn’t possibly be any ill intent there, right?

Unless the Ukraine wants to feel the full might of Britannia or start another war, they should back down now or leave the EBU. We are warning you.

BethnalGreen
BethnalGreen
16 days ago

I hope you are not British because as a Brit myself your comment annoys me and I find it offensive

Jonny
Jonny
16 days ago

Come on, that’s childish. Ukraine won Eurovision not UK. So don’t you tell such lies.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

You’re threating war on behalf of the UK because the UK came second on a song contest..?
Are you ok..?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Are you? Ukraine is manipulating you using the war. It did it to the ENTIRITY of Europe. I mean, come on! The biggest televote of all time?! Really? In a normal year Ukraine’s song would be top 5 at most.Most people here agree that Ukraine should not directly host the song contest. They are putting people’s lives at risk and embarrassing their potential guests. It seems like with Oleh and Ruslana’s efforts, that they are ADAMANT to host it, like they HAVE TO or they will boycott us. Zelenskyy meanwhile champions the idea even though it has alienated most of… Read more »

Þórir
Þórir
16 days ago

Ukrainian civilians would not be dying, fleeing their homes and begging the world for help if it wasn’t for RUSSIAN aggression. It’s literally as simple as that

Yes, Ukraine likely got tipped over the win line by solidarity votes. So what? Some things matter more than a fun night of singing

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

Did I ever say Ukraine’s win was not a political one? No. They won via politics twice now, but your comments are nutty. I did not vote for Ukraine, I would not have voted for them even if Stefania was my number 1 this year because I did not want them to win, but they did. I wish the UK had won but Ukraine did, but at least they earned 900k for the trophy and got a bunch of help which is great! Ultimately ESC was created to unify Switzerland and sadly ESC 2022 was mainly about helping Ukraine. They… Read more »

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

ESC was created by Switzerland to unify Europe and it’s neighbors* Goodness gracious I’m tired lol.

Hannah
Hannah
16 days ago

Don’t behave like a British local with your nonsense posts and threatening Ukraine with war over a song contest is disgusting.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Hannah

I find your post disgusting if you’re going to simp for them become brainwashed to believe that everyone and all other people who don’t agree with the Ukrainian cause should be killed.

Patrick
Patrick
16 days ago

Calling yourself The Voice of Reason and writing so bs its actually quite hilarious!!!lol

Jonas
Jonas
16 days ago

I always knew you were bad, but I never knew you were this bad.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

At what point does a Wiwi user have to go to for Wiwibloggs to ban them?

Robbie
Robbie
14 days ago

Sam Ryder did NOT win Eurovision and we will never know where the points awarded to Ukraine mighthave gone instead. They could have all gone to a random like Norway for all we know. As I’ve said before the only winner each year is the country with the most points. Quite simple to comprehend really.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
16 days ago

I’m sorry, but this just reflects how delusional politicians Ukraine is led by. They really want to make this contest as political as possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if they will call Zelensky to deliver a speech.

Henno
Henno
16 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Unfortunately, I have to agree. I am astounded at how immature and inflammatory these statements actually are. They are undermining the people of Ukraine.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

This just shows how much of a hoax the war was. Zelenkskyy and the Ukrainian political elite took control of the Ukrainian people and manipulated Europe and the rest of the world to suffer with them. It’s doing no good to anyone. People are dying, other countries’ economies are dying with the Russian boycott. The Russian people certainly don’t like Putin but the war is going ahead anyway and people are acting like the whole of Russia is on Putin’s side. Both Putin and the Ukrainian government should be blamed for this.

Doris
Doris
16 days ago

Ukraine will ask russia help to make a little war with the UK then.
Joke apart the UK has no right to rob Ukraine’s victory. If the contest is host in another country it should still be 100% Ukrainian hosts, interval acts. Sam Ryder shouldn’t in any case be there as I don’t remember Barbara Pravi being there in Turin this year.

Green
Green
16 days ago
Reply to  Doris

If Ukraine pays the bill then they can do what they want

Henno
Henno
16 days ago
Reply to  Doris

What the f*** do you mean, rob them of the victory?! The BBC have literally offered to host and give Ukraine a secure, safe platform for celebrating their bloody victory!! You’re an imbecile.

Karl
Karl
16 days ago

Ukraine is going to win Eurovision 2023. I’m calling it.

They’re forcing the UK to work Ukraine into the show. More pity votes, yay!

esc2022turin
esc2022turin
16 days ago
Reply to  Karl

They will involve Ukraine in the show simply cuz they won the recent contest, not because of the war

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
16 days ago
Reply to  esc2022turin

It is not that Israel was involved in 1980, Luxembourg in 1974, Monaco in 1972 etc.

Boozyfloozy69
Boozyfloozy69
16 days ago

Demand away it ain’t gonna happen and you CANNOT guarantee safety! What an absurd thing for them to say.

Elzear
Elzear
16 days ago

I think this is just a propaganda move from Ukraine, an attempt to keep the spirits up in their citizens, saying “our situation is not that bad, we even could host Eurovision”.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Elzear

It shows the Ukrainian war up for what it really is.

Vova
Vova
16 days ago

*the voice of ruzzia

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

An invasion by the Ruzzian dictator. That’s what it is.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Who invaded here? Putin, or Zelenkyy and the Ukrainian government? Some in Ukraine might tell you that their own government was responsible – houses are crumbling, things are getting worse. If they just sat down with the Russians they wouldn’t have to face the biggest army in the world. Remember the people of Russia don’t like Putin either. America and the world’s economies are being affected from this war and its unfair that they are being dragged into all of this – people should put their own country first for once.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
15 days ago

I hope Wiwibloggs ban your a$$

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago

Remember the people of Russia don’t like Putin either”
Yeah, no lmao
They love Putin. Literally every person I’ve talked to in my life loves Putin.

Jamie
Jamie
12 days ago
Reply to  Jamie

*Every Russian person

Baby Grogu
16 days ago
Reply to  Elzear

Wow, I didn’t think of that, nicely put. Now I feel bad for trashing Ukrainian politicians…. Slava Ukrajini ??

KikiIce
KikiIce
16 days ago

I do not understand this. Putting thousands of people at risk of a bomb attack in the name of nationalist glory?

Jonas
Jonas
16 days ago

I want the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra as next year’s interval act. A full orchestra of displaced Ukrainian classical musicians, they have been given special dispensation to tour Europe, spreading the power of art over adversity. Go see them if they come near you.

Jack
Jack
16 days ago

Instead of forcing thousands of people spending weeks in a warzone, work with EBU to be part of the show and focus on rebuilding the country. The war is not even over.

Hebbo
Hebbo
16 days ago
Reply to  Jack

Nope, that would be a mature, considerate and rational thing to do.

Im so fab
Im so fab
16 days ago

Lmao, NO!

You voted for them. Enjoy the drama.

Mariah
Mariah
16 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking as well.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I didn’t vote for them. I backed Sam Ryder! He deserves to be rewarded!

Baby Grogu
16 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I think most people commenting here are Eurovision fans and Eurovision fans didn’t vote for Ukraine. My winner is Chanel Spain

Vicky
16 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I did not vote for them, my nights are peaceful.

Dawid
Dawid
16 days ago

Rich people want to party, poor people want to eat

Ares
Ares
16 days ago

Well, I’ve been saying it since they won but anyways…

Lydia
Lydia
16 days ago

Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ukraine are just trying to keep the attention on them with all of this. People are already starting to get tired of hearing about the war, which means donations are dropping. They want us to keep talking about Ukraine, even if that means kicking up a fuss over Eurovision. I just hope they’ll let it go soon and focus on working with the BBC to host it in the UK.

Nils
Nils
16 days ago

Open questions to the Ukrainian government and anyone who defends the idea that Ukraine could possibly host in 2023: – Jesus F. Christ … so you really want to host? So you actually think you can guarantee the safety, if not survival, of everyone involved with a supposedly dead sick egomaniac dictator hovering his fingers over all the wrong buttons right next to you? – Do you really think the Western Countries will finally live up to their promises anytime soon and deliver the weapons they promised you? Add-on: If so … will that be enough to kick the Russians… Read more »

Nils
Nils
16 days ago
Reply to  Nils

A question I didn’t even dare to ask: Do you even care about the contest, its principles and its original purpose? Or are you just interested in hosting to politicize the contest even further and advertise for your matters?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
16 days ago
Reply to  Nils

It will just make people turn against Ukraine in the long run. It’s doing them any help. This ISN’T Nationalism because Nationalists would focus on their own people and rebuilding their country rather than what some broadcaster guy who’s never even touched a weapon in his life thinks.

Nils
Nils
16 days ago
Reply to  Nils

And don’t get me wrong: I was all-in for Ukraine winning. I’m glad of the sign Europe sent. And I’m more than satisfied that Ukraine won.

Nils
Nils
16 days ago
Reply to  Nils

Kalush Orchestra were the only rightful winners and all sore and butthurt people from UK and Spain can … well … they can do things to me which at least I’d appreciate.

Nils
Nils
16 days ago
Reply to  Nils

But we’ve got to stop with the delusions. Everyone would love to stick the finger to Putin. But hosting Eurovision is the worst way possible.

Hebbo
Hebbo
16 days ago

Ruslana, Kalush and the Minister of Culture can complain all they like, the EBU has made their decision. Like it or lump it….What I find incredible and quite disturbing is how much political and diplomatic clout an 8hr TV music entertainment event happening in a year’s time actually has. Focus on getting your millions of refugees back to their homes, Ukraine!

Nils
Nils
16 days ago
Reply to  Hebbo

No, the most of all need to send those teenage Russians troops back home and rebuild their country. Hosting Eurovision won’t help them with either.

Our weapons and donations can.

Ksenija
Ksenija
16 days ago

Dude, there’s a WAR in your country, there’s nothing more to discuss.

Jack
Jack
16 days ago
Reply to  Ksenija

exactly, imagine being homeless and seeing your home bombarded while government officials want to spend money on a tv show. The audacity…

Hebbo
Hebbo
16 days ago

“We will demand to change this decision…” – are you having a laugh, Ukraine? Grow up.

Mark
Mark
16 days ago

I sick and tired of giving voices to delusional people