Last year Ukraine skipped Eurovision because of their conflict with Russia. This year they are back with a vengeance not only entering an incredible song, but also a powerful political statement about Russia's deportation of the Tatars from Crimea.
The song addresses this troubled slice of history in a direct and poignant way, opening with these nihilistic lines: "When strangers are coming, they come to your house; they kill you all inside [and say] 'We're not guilty, not guilty'." Numerous news media view this as a clear political statement.
Using Eurovision to make a political statement is not new. Two years ago Ukraine & Russia had dueling songs that many said, spoke to the conflict between them. To the point that Jon Oliver featured it in a segment of his show.
What is going to make this even more interesting is that Ukraine & Russia have two of the best entries in the show. They could actually end up first and second. And all of Europe will be watching that night. The voting in Eurovision always has a political component. This year it will be even more political.
Do you think Ukraine's song is too political for Eurovision? And which do you think is better, Ukraine's or Russia's entry? Let us know in the comments below.