Alina Pash refused to participate in Eurovision 2022. The singer will not represent Ukraine in Europe amid the scandal surrounding her trip to the annexed Crimea. The artist wrote about it on her Instagram.
"I am a citizen of Ukraine, I adhere to the laws of Ukraine, I try to carry the traditions and values of Ukraine to the world. What this story has turned into is not at all what I put into my song," she wrote.
Alina said she is "an artist, not a politician".
"I don't have an army of PR people, managers, lawyers to counter all this attack and onslaught, hacking into my social media, threats. And also absolutely unacceptable language that people allow themselves, without understanding the situation and forgetting about the dignity of every citizen of Ukraine," she added.
Pash assured that she "does not want this virtual war and hate".
"The main war right now is the foreign war that came to my country in 2014," she stated.
"I don't want to be in this messy story any further. It is with a heavy heart that I withdraw my candidacy as Ukraine's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. It's unfortunate. I'm really sorry," Pash said.
She will contact Suspile and sign all the necessary documents.
"Separately, I want to thank everyone who supports and helps me, who hears my song and important message, not gossip about me. Thank you! You and I have a story to tell, and it's up to us to decide what it will be. Unite! It's more important now than ever!" - she added.