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Statement on the EBU decision on refusal to host Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine

Ukraine does not agree with the nature of the decision made by the European Broadcasting Union, when we were confronted with the fact without discussing the possibility of other options. Ukraine believes that it has all grounds for holding further negotiations and finding a joint solution that will meet requirements of all parties.

This is stated in a joint statement of the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of UA: PBC Mykola Chernotytskyi and the winners of the Eurovision Song Contests 2004, 2016 and 2022 – Ruslana Lyzhychko, Jamala and Oleh Psiuk (Kalush band).

Ukraine has honestly won Eurovision-2022 and  so far fulfilled all the conditions within the specified time for the approval process of its hosting in Ukraine –  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 fulfill all the commitments we have made, as it has been repeatedly emphasized to the European Broadcasting Union. That is why we demand additional negotiations on hosting Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine,” as it is mentioned in the statement.

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