UKRAINE – The undergoing war in Ukraine seems to leave no open options for the country and the signers to go to Turin and compete. We knew there will be a problematic situation with the Russian invasion no matter who’s the winner.
There is no country practically to broadcast the contest (TV networks don’t work and if they work they don’t seem to care about Eurovision now), there is no nation willing to enjoy the event and furthermore vote. There is no broadcaster to pay for the EBU fee anyways.
Further contact with KALUSH ORCHESTRA team we have been asked to correct the information. Although we (as oikotimes) receive various information from secure sources, the KALUSH ORCHESTRA team assures us that the band although defending their country, they do remain as Ukraine’s participants. Since they declare as such, we respect it and we publish it. Therefore, the Ukrainian sources, tell Team oikotimes that Ukraine is still ON for Turin. (We certainly hope so and we will cheer for them, that’s a promise). Therefore the message below muse be read as such…
Oleh Psiuk, leader of Kalush Orchestra, speaks about Eurovision and the situation in Ukraine
“Eurovision is very important to us but the life of our family and friends is even more important. So now we are doing everything possible to help our country. One team member of our band is fighting in the territorial defence in Kyiv. I have established a volunteer organization. We are helping people to find accommodation, move, find medicine. Our country has united to the maximum. All my friends and people I know keep helping one another, and we are all fighting as one cohesive mechanism. So I would like to ask you and urge everyone who can hear me help us, speak up about this problem. Earlier, it seemed to be so far away from me on TV when I watched war films, but actually, it’s not. When you wake up to explosions and you do not know if your girlfriend is still alive, you understand that it’s all very close and it should not be happening in 2022. I want to ask each of you who is registered in social media, who can go outside and speak up about this. We really need you to spread information and we need help to close the sky. Please help us close the sky, whoever can influence this. If the person who can influence this hears me, please do it. Let’s make the world peaceful in 2022.
an oikotimes original text