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Mar 5 10:01

Manchester City’s Ukraine defender Oleksandr Zinchenko stated this Saturday to the BBC that if he had not fathered a girl, he would have decided to go to his country to fight in defense against the Russian invasion.

Several sports stars, current or retired, such as world heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk, have taken up arms.

“To be honest, if I didn’t have my daughter, my family, I would be there,” said the 25-year-old footballer.

“I am very proud to be Ukrainian and I will be Ukrainian for the rest of my life (…) I know my people, the mentality of the people of my country. They would rather die and they will die, but they will not never give up,” he added in an interview given to British television networks, on the eve of the Manchester derby, corresponding to matchday 28 of the Premier League.

Zinchenko recounts how he lived the night the invasion of Ukraine began.

“My wife woke me up and she was crying. She was in shock. She showed me videos, photos of what is happening now in Ukraine,” he explained.

“The closest thing to the feeling I have is maybe when a family member dies. You know, it’s a really bad feeling inside of you. But what’s worse, I did nothing but cry,” she added.

Zinchenko, who played for a year and a half at Russian club Ufa before joining Manchester City, laments the Russian footballer’s silence.

“I am surprised that no one, not one of them” spoke out against the invasion, he said.

“Most of them play in the national team and they have a lot of subscribers on Instagram, Facebook etc. At least they can do something to stop this war, because people listen to them (…) but no, they pretend they don’t there is (a situation). I don’t know why,” he added.

London, England. AFP.

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