- February 2, 2019
I didn't see anyone ridiculing the reactions, at least not one of us who you quoted in your post. I think the decision of EBU was not prematurely but the obvious decision. I say it again, there is no way anyone with a reasonable sense of mind would even consider to set up an event like the ESC in less than a year when there is still war in this country. It is not about to please Ukraine or anyone in this so why postponing the rather obvious doesn't really make sense for the EBU. Maybe they should be more obvious in their intentions about this but I feel they're trying to be careful. The discussion about this is too polemic and emotions get in the way of a lot of people. So I guess EBU doesn't want to piss people off but creating false hope for UA is not helping either. They should've ruled it out right from the beginning and not letting the delegation trying to do their best to hand in all the necessary papers in time. I would've been shattered as well.And also to those who "ridicule" those in here for supporting Ukraine's ("Ukraine lovers", "bad attitude") reaction to EBU's statement, we are not saying that we don't understand the safety issue and of course that comes first so yeah, most probably Ukraine wouldn't end up hosting it, but EBU prematurely releasing this statement without having properly discussed with the Ukrainian delegation and broadcaster isn't the way to go either and it looks bad on the EBU's part, not on Ukraine's.
Yet again, if we would observe the question of hosting from a neutral standpoint most people would agree on how irrational this approach is. Imagine anyone would've considered to set up an international event in an Ex-Yugo country (e.g. HR or BiH) in the mid 90s.