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Russia: Singer barred from Eurovision performs at Sevastopol V-Day concert01:53

Russia: Singer barred from Eurovision performs at Sevastopol V-Day concert

Russian Federation, Sevastopol
May 10, 2017 at 03:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian singer Yuliya Samoylova took part in the Victory Day concert in Sevastopol, Tuesday, as she was banned from Eurovision contest by Kiev.

The 27 year old singer who has spinal muscular atrophy was chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017, but was banned from entering Ukraine where the contest is being held this year. Kiev cited her unauthorized performance in Crimea in 2015 as the reason behind the ban.

According to Russia's Channel One, Samoylova is due to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year, as they reached the agreement with EBU. "Without doubt, I will prepare myself even harder as now I know that I am going to Eurovision for sure", said Samoylova after the concert. "It will be a long training, big responsibility," she noted.

Eurovision 2017 will be held in Kiev between May 9th and May 13th. Ukraine won the right to host the song contest after its singer Jamala won the competition in 2016.

Russia: Singer barred from Eurovision performs at Sevastopol V-Day concert01:53
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Russian singer Yuliya Samoylova took part in the Victory Day concert in Sevastopol, Tuesday, as she was banned from Eurovision contest by Kiev.

The 27 year old singer who has spinal muscular atrophy was chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017, but was banned from entering Ukraine where the contest is being held this year. Kiev cited her unauthorized performance in Crimea in 2015 as the reason behind the ban.

According to Russia's Channel One, Samoylova is due to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year, as they reached the agreement with EBU. "Without doubt, I will prepare myself even harder as now I know that I am going to Eurovision for sure", said Samoylova after the concert. "It will be a long training, big responsibility," she noted.

Eurovision 2017 will be held in Kiev between May 9th and May 13th. Ukraine won the right to host the song contest after its singer Jamala won the competition in 2016.

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