Ukraine is withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 to be held in Vienna, Austria. The announcement was made on NTU’s website and is sending shock waves across the Eurovision community. The reason for withdrawal is financial and political instability. military aggression from the East as well as the annexation of Crimea by Russia earlier which took place a few months ago. While this is indeed really sad news, there is hope for a comeback soon as the broadcaster is already in negotiation with the EBU and is planing to broadcast the contest despite their withdrawal.

There is also still a small chance that Ukraine will take part in case of private funding of the participation according to NTU president Zurab Alasaniya.

This is the first time that Ukraine is not taking part since their debut in 2003. They won in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and managed to finish in the Top 10 on many different occasions.

While this is probably a mature decision by the broadcaster, it saddens us to see Ukraine not joining the fun in Vienna (most likely) and we hope for a quick return from this successful participant.

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