“I am proud to be Ukrainian” – Manchester City player Oleksandr Zinchenko gives heartbreaking interview on Ukraine-Russia war


Manchester City players
Manchester City players

The world is in shock after Russia invaded Ukraine early last week. Manchester City and Ukrainian defender Oleksandr Zinchenko broke down in tears when Cityzens faced Everton last week, soon after learning that Ukraine had been invaded. Another Ukrainian defender, Vitalii Mykolenko, could not hold back his tears in the same match when football came together to support Ukraine.

The Premier League and all its clubs unanimously decided to hold a two-minute silence before each match to commemorate the lives lost since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Premier League clubs have also decided that the captains of each team should wear a special armband with the Ukrainian flag on it.

Despite the attack on his home country, Oleksandr Zinchenko showed great courage for Manchester City in their 2-0 win over Peterborough in the FA Cup. The Ukrainian international has since opened up about the events taking place in his country and thanked people from England and his country for their efforts and support.

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Manchester City player Oleksandr Zinchenko in the Ukraine-Russia war:

Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko
Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko

Manchester City player Oleksandr Zinchenko It opened in an honest and heartbreaking interview about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The 25-year-old actor could not hold back his tears while talking about his country and showed the courage to play in difficult times.

Oleksandr Zinchenko said: I found out at midnight UK time, my wife woke me up and she was crying. I was in shock. He showed me videos, pictures, what is happening in Ukraine right now. Perhaps the closest feeling is when someone from your circle dies. You know, this feeling is like you’re feeling so bad inside of you. But this is much worse

25 year old loved it” I’m just crying. It’s been a week already, I don’t count, but even when I drive the car from the training ground, I can cry in vain. Everything is in my head. Imagine where you were born, where you grew up, and it’s just empty ground.

“I’ll be honest, girl, I’d be there if it wasn’t for my family. I was just born like this. I know people from my country, their mentality and they all think the same. I am proud to be Ukrainian and will remain so for the rest of my life. And watching people fight for their lives.” said Zinchenko.

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The Ukrainian international said: I know people from my country, their mentality, they prefer to die and they will die. But they won’t give up. I am very grateful to all these people for the support I have received here. I didn’t expect it to be like this. That’s why I want to thank all of them very much. I appreciate it.

The 25-year-old said: I get a lot of messages from many men in Ukraine and they ask me for support videos from the UK. So people watch TV, people still watch football and they can see everything. As if the supporters of Ukraine are trying to force them, do not give up. And I know my people will not give up.”

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