Ukrainian singer Jamala, who won the last Eurovision song contest, urged not to “spoil” the competition this year. She stated to Reuters on Saturday, 6 may.
“I think we should expect more provocations from Russia, because our victory greatly have hurt them,” said Jamal. In her opinion, “the closer the date of the show, the greater the number of incidents can be expected. I would like to ask everyone in Ukraine to be very careful.”
Jamala (real name Susana Dzhamaladinova) won the “Eurovision 2016” in Stockholm with the song “1944”, dedicated to the deportation of the Crimean Tatars under Stalin. In the same month, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko gave Jamal title of people’s artist of the country.
The semi-finals of the competition will be held in Kyiv on 9 may and 11 may, the final on 13 may. Announced at the “Eurovision-2017” from Russia Yulia Samoilova does not take part in it because of the ban on entry to Ukraine. She is charged with not agreed with the Ukrainian authorities to visit the Crimea in 2015. The General Director of channel Konstantin Ernst said that the singer will perform at the Eurovision song contest in 2018.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum. Kiev does not recognize the results of voting and considers the Peninsula occupied territory. In Moscow insist that the accession of Crimea consistent with international law.