Ukrainian Eurovision fans have launched the hashtag #EurovisionWithoutRussia throughout social media networks, demanding that Russia be disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest.
The demand comes in response to the Kremlin’s recognition of the independence of the self-declared statelets in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, and the subsequent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.
“The Eurovision Song Contest was created after the Second World War to promote cooperation between all European countries,” reads a post on one of Ukraine’s biggest Eurovision fan blogs on Instagram.
“Now we are seeing how one of the participating countries has been threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine for eight years. Particularly now. This is unacceptable.”
The Eurovision fan community has suggested adding the hashtag #EurovisionWithoutRussia on the official websites of the contest.
“Add #EurovisionWithoutRussia under the social media posts of the Eurovision Song Contest official pages. Publish posts, stories and tag us and the official page of the Contest. We cannot just stand on the sidelines,” the authors of fan blog added.
Social media users are now publishing posts with this hashtag, asking about the disqualification of Russia from Eurovision, and asking the European Broadcasting Union to take the appropriate decision.
Putin recognized the independence of the two statelets in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donbas region on Feb. 21, and immediately ordered Russian troops into Ukrainian territory on a self-proclaimed “peacekeeping” mission – in fact an invasion.