KIEV, April 25 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian Prime
Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has given instructions to ensure that
the Eurovision song contest in May is broadcast to Ukrainian
homes, a government press release said on Saturday.
The announcement by the premier follows a statement by the
country's National Television Company that it was experiencing
financial problems which could affect live broadcasts of the
Eurovision Song Contest due to be held in Moscow next month.
"Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has instructed
the National TV and Radio company to ensure live broadcasts of
the final of Eurovision 2009 in Ukraine," the statement reads.
Strangely enough Russia is represented in the May finals
by ethnic-Ukrainian singer Anastasia Prikhodko, who caused
controversy when she won the Russian qualifying finals after
being disqualified from the Ukrainian qualifiers.
There were also calls for Prikhodko, who appeared on the
Russian equivalent of American Idol, to be banned from
representing Russia after video footage of her was aired on You
Tube making racist statements.