Manchester City news: The ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia has affected people from around the globe.
The battle has already had repercussions in the football world, with UEFA moving this season’s Champions League final away from Russia. A number of football clubs have already cut ties with Russian sponsors, with FIFA and UEFA also suspending Russia from all competitions.
Foreign players playing in the Russian league have returned to their home countries, along with foreign coaches.
Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich also decided to sell the club earlier this week amid political pressure.
Manchester City news: Oleksandr Zinchenko said he wanted to join the war against the Russian Invasion
The Cityzens defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is among the Ukrainian players who have publicly raised their voices against the Russian attack on Ukraine in recent weeks.
Zivchenko posted a story on Instagram last week, wishing ‘the most painful suffering death to Russian president Vladimir Putin. However, the story was later removed by the social media site.
The 25-year-old defender recently revealed that he would have joined the war against the Russian invasion of his country if not for his daughter.
In an interview with BBC, he said: I’ll be honest, if not for my daughter, my family, I would be there. ‘I’m just born like that.” He added: I know the people from my country, the mentality of them and all of them think exactly the same. He further said:
I’m so proud to be Ukrainian, and I will be forever for the rest of my life. And when you’re watching the people, how they fight for their lives… there are no words.
Despite the emotional turmoil, Zinchenko captained City during their 2-0 victory against Peterborough in the FA Cup earlier this week. The defender hails from Radomyshl in northern Ukraine, one of the cities that has been targeted by the Russian forces.
Reports: Two footballers lost their lives while fighting against the Russian forces
According to Goal, two Ukrainian footballers have laid their lives while fighting for their country against the Russian invasion. They were identified as Dmytro Martynenko and Vitalii Sapylo. Martnenko was plying his trade for Ukrainian second-league side FC Hostomel. Whereas Sapylo was the goalkeeper for third-division team Karpaty.
A number of Ukrainian ex and current athletes have joined hands with Ukrainian forces to fight the Russian invasion. Tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky cut short his family vacation abroad and has returned to his homeland. Boxer Oleksandr Usyk reportedly also left London to fight for his country. Two of Ukraine’s most decorated boxers, Vitali Klitschko, who is currently mayor of Kyiv, and his brother Wladimir Klitschko have also picked up guns to fight for their country.