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 SBU issues entry ban for Russia's Eurovision pick, - Hrytsak

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has drafted a ruling to ban the entry into the country for Russian singer Yulia Samoylova, known for visiting occupied Crimea with concerts and chosen to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv in May.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

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"The document to ban the entry has been prepared," SBU Head Vasyl Hrytsak told journalists on Monday in Kyiv.

As previously reported, Yulia Samoylova will represent Russia at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv with the song Flame Is Burning. The singer is known to have given concerts in occupied Crimea.

The foreign minister of Ukraine considers such a decision of the Russian Federation to be yet another provocation. Russia, in turn, claims it sees nothing provocative in choosing Samoylova for taking part in the contest.