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'They deserve to have it': PM says he hopes next year's Eurovision can be held in Ukraine

Boris Johnson stated that he hopes Ukraine can host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which was cancelled due to Russia’s war.

Ukraine won the contest this year, but event organizers stated that the 2023 edition would not be possible in war-torn Ukraine. The UK was considered as a potential host.

After returning from an unannounced trip to Kyiv the prime minister spoke to reporters at RAF Brize Norton, expressing his hope that the contest would go ahead in Ukraine.

He stated that the Eurovision Song Contest was won by Ukraine. We had a great entry. I also know that we came in second, and it would be a pleasure to be there.


“But they won it and they should have it. They can and should get it.

“I think the Kyiv, or any other safe Ukrainian capital would be a great place to have it.”

After the EBU declared it unconstitutional in Ukraine, the EBU said that the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union were in discussions about hosting the event.

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This would break with the tradition that the winner hosts the next year’s event.

The victory of the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra in May buoyed spirits back home. Thanks to Sam Ryder’s rendition of “Space Man”, the UK came in second place in the 2022 contest.

Oleksandr Tkachenko (Ukraine’s Culture Minister) and the three previous winners resisted the EBU’s decision. They argued that hosting the contest in Ukraine would send “strong signals” of support.

Nadine Dorries, British Culture Secretary, tweeted that it was “devastating” that Russia’s invasion in Ukraine had “cast any doubt” over whether Eurovision could take place in Ukraine next year.

After a series failures in the war’s beginning, the Russian forces have now shifted their focus to Donbas.

Johnson stated that Kyiv seemed “far more vibrant” than it was before.

“I just went to Kyiv. It is not jiving, buzzing, and popping like I would like it to be but it is much more vibrant.

“People feel more confident. He said that people are now more confident and out on the streets, eating at cafes and restaurants like they were a few weeks ago.


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