Ukraine asks EBU to overrule Eurovision 2023 host country’s decision

Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko demanded that the EBU reconsider its decision to hold Eurovision 2023 outside Ukraine.

In a statement signed by the Eurovision winners Ruslana and Oleh Psiuk (leader of the Kalush Orchestra) and Mykola Chernotytsky, the director of the public television channel Suspilne, the minister called for further discussions on the organization of Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine. We reproduce 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 would like to highlight the following.”

“Ukraine does not agree with the nature of such a decision – as we were faced with the fact without discussing other options. But we firmly believe that we have every reason to continue negotiations in order to find a common solution that will satisfy all parties. »

“We honestly won Eurovision and met all the conditions on time for the approval process for holding it in Ukraine – we provided answers and guarantees on safety standards and possible venues for the competition. “

“Hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine is a strong signal to the world that he supports Ukraine now. We will demand to change this decision, because we believe that we will be able to fulfill all the commitments, as we have done on several occasions. [emphasised to] the European Broadcasting Union.

“That’s why we demand further negotiations on the organization of Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine.”

Ukraine asks the EBU to cancel its decision to host Eurovision 2023

Besides signing the minister’s statement, Suspilne CEO Mykola Chernotytskyi himself issued another one.

“We are disappointed with this decision by the EBU. During this month, a large number of people in Ukraine made every effort to fulfill the conditions for holding Eurovision in our country. Safety is, of course, our first priority. The UA:PBC team, state and local authorities did a thorough job and came up with different options. It is a pity to see such an irrevocable declaration, which is why we ask our partners to continue negotiations.

According to Chernotytskyi, Ukraine had offered three different options: to host in Kyiv, Lviv Where Transcarpathia.

The latter two are close to the borders with Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, and did not come under continuous attack during the war.

Eurovision’s organizing body, the European Broadcasting Union, has confirmed that Ukraine will not host the 2023 contest. the United Kingdom.

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

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