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Ukraine to check if Russian representative at Eurovision 2017 visited Crimea
15:14, 13 March 2017
Ukraine to check if Russian representative at Eurovision 2017 visited Crimea

Yulia Samoilova reportedly performed there after the peninsula was illegally annexed by Russia

15:14, 13 March 2017

Yulia Samoilova, Russian representative at Eurovision 2017
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Ukraine’s SBU, the Security Service, will check the available information about possible visits of Yulia Samoilova, the Russian singer and the country delegate at Eurovision 2017 to the occupied Crimea. Olena Gitlyanska, the SBU spokeswoman, posted this at Facebook.

According to her, the Security Service will be running this check for about a month; the SBU will be complying with the Ukrainian law and acting within the national interests of Ukraine, she said.

Previously, Andriy Klymenko, leader of Ukrainian NGO ‘Maidan of Foreign Affairs’, posed that Yulia Samoilova performed in Crimea after the peninsula was illegally annexed by Russia in late February 2014. Klymenko marked that ‘choosing Samoilova as Russia’s representative at the song contest is a provocation with far-going consequences’.

27-year-old singer Yulia Samoilova will be representing Russia at Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine. The contest is scheduled for May 9 through May 13.

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