Ukraine is facing a fine over barring the Russian participant in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Yulia Samoilova, from entering the country as well as organizational miscues tied to last month's contest.
"The organization of the competition was subject to severe delays which created unnecessary difficulties for the production," the European Broadcasting Union said in a statement sent to Billboard. "Additionally, the host broadcaster failed to adequately fulfill its obligations with regards to co-operating with the EBU over the participation of the Russian artist."
"As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered," the EBU went on to say. "Therefore the contest's steering committee, the ESC Reference Group, has recommended that [Ukrainian state broadcaster] UA:PBC should receive a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition."