“But I am not ready to address [people] with slogans, turning my participation in the contest into the promotion of our politicians. I am a musician, rather than a bat at the political stage.
“I sincerely thank and appreciate everyone who believed in me and voted. I ask you to accept this situation and not to take a confrontational path.”
In a statement, UA:PBC said that whoever represents Ukraine at Eurovision “also has commitments of becoming a cultural ambassador of Ukraine and delivering not only their music but also expressing the opinion of the Ukrainian society in the world.
“After the negotiations, UA:PBC and the singer Maruv have not found common ground in the mission of the representative of Ukraine at the international song contest.”
It added that Eurovision rules demand that the state broadcaster “must ensure the non-political character of the contest” and that it foresaw “a danger of escalation of the split of the Ukrainian society” over Maruv’s selection.
UA:PBC said it will begin negotiations with another contestant to represent Ukraine.