The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) has announced that Ukraine has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

The news was revealed via a statement on the broadcaster’s Facebook page.

At the weekend, the public chose 27-year-old pop star Anna Korsun, whose stage name is MARUV, as their entry. But she refused to sign a contract with the state broadcaster following a row about her performing in Russia.

On Tuesday in a dispute with national broadcaster UA PBC the singer was accused of "politicising" the competition, which will take place in Israel in May.

"This is a crisis, to which there is no definite or correct answer, because society is divided," Oleksandra Koltsova, a member of the board at the public broadcaster that selects the Eurovision entry, told Hromadske national television.

Asked who might represent Ukraine, Koltosova said: "Maybe no one."

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon.

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