BBC.CO.UK REPORTS / UKRAINE – Ukraine has barred Russia’s Eurovision contestant because she performed in Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Julia Samoilova was banned from attending the event because of her “illegal” visit , the Ukrainian SBU security service said.
Samoilova, 27, has confirmed that she sang in Crimea in 2015. Ukraine is due to host Eurovision in Kiev, in May.
A Russian foreign ministry source told Ria-Novosti news agency the decision was “cynical and inhuman”. It quoted a senior Russian politician, Frants Klintsevich, as saying Russia would boycott future Eurovision contests if the organisers failed to stand up for the singer.
The SBU has blacklisted at least 140 other Russian artists. Russia and Ukraine have been at loggerheads since the annexation of Crimea and subsequent fighting in east Ukraine, which Moscow is accused of stoking.