Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko has been pictured at a protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Manchester. Ukrainian international Zinchenko has been vocal in his opposition of Russia’s aggression in his home country and has joined protestors at a vigil in St Peter’s Square on Thursday night.
After weeks of growing tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the green light for a mass invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Russia have crossed the border in several places and launched an aggressive military campaign on land, air and by sea.
Conflict has followed, with casualties reported on both sides and missiles causing explosions in cities right across Ukraine.
Zinchenko, who has won 48 caps for his country, made headlines earlier on Thursday by posting a picture of Putin on his Instagram with the caption: “I hope you die the most painful suffering death, creature.”
“The whole civilised world is worried about the situation in my country. I can’t stay away and try to convey my opinion. In the photo – my country,” he wrote.
“The country where I was born and raised. A country whose colours I defend in the international sports arena. A country that we try to glorify and develop.
“A country whose borders must remain inviolable. My country belongs to Ukrainians and no one will ever be able to appropriate it. We will not give up! Glory to Ukraine.”
The Man City left-back has not been the only Ukrainian footballer to speak out against Putin’s decision.
Meanwhile, legendary Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko says his countrymen just want peace, not war.
“In the early hours a full scale war was initiated by Russia,” Shevchenko wrote on Instagram.
“My people and my family are under attack. Ukraine and it’s population want peace and territorial integrity.
“Please I ask you to support our country and call the Russian government to stop their aggression and violation of international law. We only want peace. War is not the answer.”
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