Ukrainian “Crimean message” jersey angered Russia

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The shirt, which Ukraine has announced it will use at the European Football Championship (EURO 2020), includes a map showing Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, as part of Ukraine. Also in Ukraine, “Ukraine’s victory! Was used during protests that resulted in the ousting of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. writes the slogan.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the jersey “created an illusion by portraying Russian Crimea as Ukrainian territory”.

Zaharova said the slogan on the jersey is also nationalistic and sounds like “Nazi war cries”. Russian lawmaker Dmitry Sivishchev said the shirt was “totally inappropriate” and called on UEFA to take action.

Ukrainian Football Federation President Andriy Pavelko presented the jersey with a video on his Facebook page.

In front of the yellow jersey is a map with white lines showing Crimea and the Donetsk and Lugansk regions under the control of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

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“We believe that the Ukrainian figure will give strength to the players as they will fight for the whole of Ukraine,” Pavelko said. The annexation of Crimea is rejected by the international community.

EURO 2020, which has been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, will start with the Italy-Turkey match which will be played in Rome on Friday and will end with the final match to be held in London on 11 July.

Among the cities where the matches will be played, the Russian St. Saint Petersburg is also located. st. One of the quarter-finals will be played in St. Petersburg.

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