Eurovision 2023 will not take place in Ukraine even after the Ukrainian side appealed to the European broadcaster to reconsider this categorical position. At the same time, it is not the fact that the song contest will be held in Britain, as previously reported. This is stated in a new statement of the EBU, which was released on June 23.
The European Broadcasting Union said in a statement that the organization "fully understands the disappointment with which the announcement was met that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 could not be held in Ukraine, this year's winning country."
"The decision was guided by the European Broadcasting Union's responsibility to ensure that conditions are met to ensure the safety of all those working and participating in the event," the organizers said, adding that the safety of more than 10,000 people involved in the contest, as well as at least 30,000 music lovers from around the world, is at stake.
"Their safety and well-being is our main concern," the organizers explained.
The EBU also drew attention to the fact that according to the rules of the competition, it can be moved to another country if there are force majeure situations, in particular - the ongoing war.
The organizers fear air attacks from the Russian aggressor, which could lead to significant losses.
"According to the verdicts of independent security experts, the risk of mass casualties from the ongoing conflict is 'high,'" the EBU said.
"We also drew attention to comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that a war in Ukraine 'could take years,'" the union added.
"We also drew attention to the fact that, according to our current information, no major international concert events are planned in Ukraine during 2023," the Eurovision organizers whined.
Interestingly, Eurovision 2023 won't even be able to take place in Poland or another neighboring country to Ukraine. According to the organizers of the contest, "the technical characteristics of the proposed venues and the lack of necessary infrastructure do not meet the requirements.
Thus, the European Broadcasting Union "regretfully decided to move the event to another country and will continue discussions on finding a suitable venue for next year's Eurovision".
"We will be happy to continue cooperating with UA:Suspilniy on all these issues," summarized the organizers of the song action.