I want to say how heartbreaking the situation taking place in Ukraine is. Many of us will have enjoyed the contest taking place in Kyiv in 2005 and 2017, and many of us will have made friends through our love of Eurovision who will now be involved with this conflict.
Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost go out to Ukraine and our friends in OGAE Ukraine • Офіційний фан-клуб Євробачення в Україні and we hope they and their families stay safe. We support those who are fighting against this action, whether that be Ukrainian citizens on the front line, Russian citizens and artists who face serious consequences by speaking out against the regime in power or the millions across the globe shocked that such aggression against a free country could take place in Europe in 2022.
This is a time where the apolitical nature of the contest is unable to remain when actions against humanity are taking place involving countries taking part in the contest and we hope the EBU continue to listen to broadcasters and fans speaking out. Let us support Ukraine in any way we are able and willing to and links to organisations shared by OGAE Ukraine can be found here: https://linktr.ee/razomforukraine
I hope you all find time to enjoy Eurovision in these difficult times. The joy that the contest can bring is needed now more than ever. 40 years ago, Nicole won the contest for Germany in Harrogate with Ein Bißchen Frieden – A Little Peace. Let us hope Peace returns to Europe soon. Slava Ukraini!