Ukraine escalates tension with Russia – note to organisers: you do realise you spoil all the fun, right?

INTERFAX.COM.UA REPORTS – Ukraine’s SBU Security Service has prepared a decision on the entry ban to Ukraine of Russian singer Yulia Samoilova, who earlier visited Russia-occupied Crimea and intends to participate in the Eurovision 2017 song contest that will be held in Kyiv in May. “The document on the entry ban has been prepared,” SBU head Vasyl Hrytsak told journalists in Kyiv on Monday.

The story so far

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will check the reliability of information about possible visits of Russian singer Yulia Samoilova to Crimea, occupied by Russia, and will decide on her admission or non-admission to Ukraine after that. “The SBU will check and make a well-considered decision,” SBU’s spokesperson Olena Hytlianska said in her commentary to the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Monday. Later on her Facebook page, Hytlianska said that the position of SBU “will be based solely on the norms of Ukrainian legislation and the interests of national security.” She also promised that the results will be additionally announced. Russia will be represented by 27-year-old Yulia Samoilova at Eurovision-2017 in Kyiv, who has the first group of disability since childhood after an unsuccessful vaccination against poliomyelitis and she moves on a wheelchair. “On June 27, 2015, Samoilova performed in the occupied Kerch with Gazmanov and Lolita […] Actually, the SBU doesn’t allow such artists to perform in Ukraine,” the head of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs project Andriy Klymenko wrote on his Facebook page.

Russian reaction

Russian President press secretary is reported to have said that there are no reactions for the moves of the Ukrainian organisers and there are no plans to replace the Eurovision participant.

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