Ukraine updates rules for artists traveling abroad under martial law

15 March, 12:53 AM
Oleksandr Tkachenko (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)

Oleksandr Tkachenko (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)

Ukraine’s Culture Ministry has drafted changes to permits for artists and journalists, who are eligible for military service, to travel abroad while the country is at war, Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on March 14.

According to the minister, artists wishing to leave Ukraine will have to provide:

●         confirmation that military registration is carried out at their places of employment;

●         contracts that state the reason for the departure;

●         travel reports;

Each trip could last no longer than 60 days.

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On March 4, Ukrainian stand-up comedian Andriy Shchegel said that he got permission to travel abroad despite having received three mobilization notices, went to Turkey, and stated he wasn’t going back to Ukraine, because he wanted to "live in a comfortable psychological environment." Afterwards, he apologized and said his words were taken out of context.

On March 9, KP.UA reported that Ukrainian film director Taras Golubkov received permission to travel abroad to shoot a film about Russia's war against Ukraine, but fled to Moscow instead.

Ukraine’s contestant at Eurovision 2023, music band Tvorchi, said that because some of the artists left and didn’t return to Ukraine, their performance in Nairobi at the invitation of USAID and participation in promo events prior to Eurovision might not take place.

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