The Eurovision competition isn't supposed to be about politics. But it often creeps in. And this year's entry from Ukraine, about the Soviet deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944, has Russia crying foul.
It’s been a year since Russia took over the Crimean region of Ukraine, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. Among them are many Crimean Tatars, who have found surprisingly vibrant new lives in the city of Lviv, Ukraine.
Pro-Russian separatists are claiming a landslide success in referenda on independence in two provinces of eastern Ukraine. Kiev has condemned the polls as a farce. Donetsk has already asked to join Russia. But Moscow appears to be keeping the separatists at arm's length. For the moment.
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