Don’t let Russia spoil Eurovision, 2016 winner tells fellow Ukrainians

By Margaryta Chornokondratenko and Matthias Williams KIEV, May 6 : As preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest moved into higher gear in Kiev on Friday, last year’s winner urged her fellow Ukrainians not to allow any provocations from Russia to spoil the event. Animosity has festered between Ukraine and Russia since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea […]

Don’t let Russia spoil Eurovision, 2016 winner tells fellow Ukrainians

By Margaryta Chornokondratenko and Matthias Williams KIEV, May 6 : As preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest moved into higher gear in Kiev on Friday, last year’s winner urged her fellow Ukrainians not to allow any provocations from Russia to spoil the event. Animosity has festered between Ukraine and Russia since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea […]

Ukrainian anti-gay right stirs flap over Eurovision “diversity” rainbow

By Alessandra Prentice KIEV, May 4 : The transformation of a Soviet-era monument in Kiev into “the world’s largest man-made rainbow” was meant to trumpet Ukraine’s willingness to celebrate diversity as it hosts the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, a dispute with far-right groups over the decision to colour in the arch has highlighted a […]

Ukraine shrugs off threat to Eurovision after resignations

By Sergei Karazy KIEV, Feb 14 : Ukraine’s preparations to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in May will not be derailed by the high-profile resignations of several organizing members, Ukrainian officials said today. Executive producers Victoria Romanova and Oleksandr Kharebin and several of their team quit yesterday, saying they felt sidelined by the appointment […]

In quiet Crimean village, Jamala’s family basks in Eurovision glory

By Olesya Astakhova MALORECHENSKOYE, Crimea, May 24 : In her home in a small village on Crimea’s rocky coastline, the mother of Eurovision song contest winner Jamala is surrounded by magazine cuttings about her daughter and bouquets of flowers from well-wishers. Galina Tumasova is still basking in the glory of Jamala’s surprise victory for Ukraine […]