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    Ukraine’s Zelensky not allowed to address Eurovision final in Liverpool



    Music duo Tvorchi, performing on behalf of Ukraine, take part in a rehearsal ahead of the Eurovision Song contest 2023 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, northern England on May 10, 2023.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will not be able to deliver a video message at the Eurovision final, the song contest’s organizer said Thursday, May 11.

    The English city of Liverpool is hosting the musical extravaganza after Britain agreed to accommodate the song contest instead of 2022 winner Ukraine due to the war.

    The final on Saturday is set to include a special tribute to Ukraine, with 11 of its artists performing including last year’s winner Kalush Orchestra. Video clips will be shown during the evening to showcase different parts of the country.

    But the European Broadcasting Union said “strict rules” prevented it from allowing the Ukrainian leader to speak. “One of the cornerstones of the contest is the non-political nature of the event,” the EBU said. “This principle prohibits the possibility of making political or similar statements as part of the contest.”

    It added that Zelensky’s request to address the audience, “whilst made with laudable intentions, regrettably cannot be granted as it would be against the rules of the event.”

    The World with AFP

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