Ukraine’s Euro 2020 Football Kit Stirs Outrage in Russia

Ukraine’s new Euro 2020 football kit stirred anger in Moscow as the new shirt features the map of the country that includes Crimea.

Ukraine unveiled its shirt for Euro 2020, emblazoned with its borders including Crimea, and the slogan “Glory to Ukraine!”

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow considers the peninsula part of Russia but it is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized the kits, saying the football team had “attached Ukraine’s territory to Russia’s Crimea,” creating the “illusion of the impossible”.

Russian parliamentary deputy Dmitry Svishchev said that the shirt design was “a political provocation.”

He said showing a map of Ukraine “which includes a Russian territory is illegal.”

The head of the Ukrainian football association, Andriy Pavelko on revealed on Sunday the new shirt days before the European Championship kicks off.

“[Translated in English] The national team of Ukraine will perform at Euro 2020 in a new special form. Her main attribute will be the talisman and symbol, dear to the heart of every Ukrainian,” said on his Facebook post.

“This is the most valuable outlook for all of us in our country. The only and undivided homeland with Crimea, Donetsk, Lugansk, Kiev, my native Dnipro, Lviv, Odessa, and all cities and villages were the main tune of the national anthem is the tune of the national age,” he added.

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