The deadline for entries for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has recently passed, and today it has been announced that Ukraine have withdrawn from the contest and will not compete in the 2018 edition.
Ukraine, who have been ever present in the Junior contest since their debut back in 2006, announced they are withdrawing from competing in neighbouring Belarus this forthcoming November, due to their broadcaster UA:PBC citing financial difficulties as the reason for their withdrawal. As it stands 13 countries have confirmed they shall be competing in Minsk, Belarus, which include the return on France to the competition and a debut entry from Wales, three competing countries from last year in Macedonia, Australia and Albania have yet to announce their intention to compete in the forthcoming contest or not, if all countries however do confirm their participation in Minsk, it will bring the number to 16, equally last years total number on entries. Ukraine are the second country from the 2017 edition to withdraw, following Cyprus' withdrawal a few weeks, ago.
Ukraine have won the competition once back in 2012, last year they were represented by Anastasiya Baginska and the song "Don't Stop" where she finished 7th place with 147 points in Tbilisi, Georgia.