Earlier this week OGAE Ukraine called on OGAE International to kick the Russian fan club out of its events, including the ongoing OGAE Song Contest. But the answer from the Organisation générale des amateurs de l’Eurovision was a no. In response to that response, the Ukrainian club has now pulled its entry from the contest and expressed its disappointment with the decision. You can read their complete statement below.
OGAE Ukraine withdraws from OGAE Song Contest
“OGAE Ukraine is disappointed by the decision of OGAE International not to reject the submission of OGAE Russia and to continue cooperation with the organization that officially supported the criminal actions of the terrorist state on the territory of Ukraine‼️”
“Our club withdraws its submission for OGAE SONG CONTEST 2022. We make this decision due to unacceptability of Ukrainian artists to be involved in the same project alongside russian artists that support Russian state military, who have committed numerous crimes against humanity on Ukrainian land. The inability of OGAE Ukraine to participate has both legal and moral reasons and applies to all OGAE International projects in which the OGAE Russia club participates.”
“We are deeply saddened by the decision of the clubs that supported the continuation of OGAE Russia’s participation in the activities of the international society of Eurovision Song Contest fans, as well as with the fact that the main idea of this event — to prevent war on the European continent — was distorted.”
“We sincerely hope that in the future the correct conclusions will be made, Eurovision fans will remember what the real evil is and how to prevent it from spreading, and our club will return to participate in activities of the community acting on the principles of humanism, human rights and respect for the musical diversity of people who do not tolerate aggressive and genocidal wars.”
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