Ukraine debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with a 14th-place finish for Oleksandr Ponomaryov, before shockingly winning at their second attempt in Turkey when Ruslana won the 2004 contest with her song, Wild Dances.
The country was one of the best point scorers, and had participated in every contest up until 2015, where NTU, the broadcaster stated they had a lack of funds for participation.
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine was another factor--something which would also play a role in Ukraine's second withdrawal four years later.
They returned for the 2016 contest in Stockholm, staging a national final for the first time, where Jamala was selected to perform the song 1944. She won the contest and broke Alexander Rybak's points record by a huge margin due to the introduction of the current scoring system, despite only coming second in both the jury and in the televote.
Ukraine is one of only two countries to have a perfect qualification record in the semifinals to date; the other being Australia. They are also the only country whose winning entries are performed in more than one language.
|2003||Oleksandr Ponomaryov||Hasta la Vista||English||14||30||No semi-final|
|2004||Ruslana||Wild Dances||Ukrainian, English||1||280||2||256|
|2005||GreenJolly||Razom nas bahato||19||30||Host of 2005|
|2006||Tina Karol||Show me your love||English||7||145||7||146|
|2007||Verka Serduchka||Dancing Lasha Tumbai||Ukrainian, German, English, Russian||2||235||Top 10 in 2006|
|2008||Ani Lorak||Shady Lady||English||2||230||1||152|
|2009||Svetlana Loboda||Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl)||12||76||6||80|
|2012||Gaitana||Be My Guest||15||65||8||64|
|2015||Did not participate|
|2016||Jamala||1944||English, Crimean Tatar||1||534||2||287|
|2017||O. Torvald||Time||English||24||36||Host of 2017|
|2018||Melovin||Under The Ladder||17||130||6||179|