Ukraine – Today, Jon Ola Sand, has confirmed that votes cast in the disputed region of Crimea, Ukraine, will be registered as Ukrainian votes. This means the people there are able to vote for Russia, but not for Ukraine. This is not a political decision but revolves around telecoms operators in the area.
Jon Ola Sand said,
“As it stands now there are Ukrainian telecom operators active in the Crimea peninsula and it should be so during all the shows next week. We at the EBU are not the ones to change these operators. Therefore Russia can be voted for from Crimea but not from Ukraine.”
This could affect up to 3m votes in the Crimea annexe. Both Russia and Ukraine are competing in the same semi-final on Tuesday 6th May.