Ukraine Bars Singer From Eurovision After Rift

Maruv, Ukraine's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest, has been dropped in a row related to tensions between her country and Russia.

Maruv's song, “Siren Song,” won a public vote on Saturday, but the singer later fell out with the country's national broadcaster,

She was given 24 hours to sign a contract that temporarily barred her from playing in Russia.

Talks stalled on Monday and the broadcaster pulled Maruv's nomination.

The 27-year-old, whose name real name is Anna Korsun, said she was prepared to cancel her next tour of Russia, but that other stipulations in the contract amounted to "censorship".

"I am a citizen of Ukraine, pay taxes and sincerely love Ukraine," she wrote on Facebook.

"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."

The star, whose song has been watched 6.8 million times on YouTube, added: "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, the state-funded UA:PBC said: "The performer representing Ukraine... 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.”

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