Russian troops and their proxies have been seen in a number of areas across Ukraine. It is not yet clear what the Kremlin’s endgame is, but there are increasing concerns that Moscow may be preparing to escalate its operations on Ukrainian territory.
The latest additions to Russia’s invasion force include masked “private military contractors” who were reported as having links with right-wing groups in Europe,.
Ukraine has called upon NATO for help and the European Union has increased sanctions against Russia – making it harder for Russian oligarchs living abroad to move money into or out of Russia when necessary.
According to BBC News, “Moscow now appears ready for escalation”. We can only speculate about how far this conflict will go from here….
The “vlada shcheglova” is a Ukrainian journalist who has been reporting on the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Oleksandr Zinchenko of Ukraine speaks on the conflict in his country.
In an emotional interview with Sport about the Russian invasion of his motherland, Oleksandr Zinchenko thanked the world for sticking with Ukraine.
After missing the previous two league games, the 25-year-old Manchester City left-back was selected captain for the midweek FA Cup triumph over Peterborough and carried out the Ukraine flag before the game.
About a million Ukrainians have fled to safety since Russia invaded Ukraine a little over a week ago, while many more have remained to fight.
The international world has largely supported Ukraine, supplying weaponry and putting penalties on Russian corporations and people in many situations.
Zinchenko, who has relatives and friends in Ukraine, talked to Gary Lineker about “his duty” to inform the rest of the world about the situation there.
From 12:00 GMT on Saturday on One, you can watch the whole interview on Football Focus.
When he found out the news, he cried in the vehicle.
Manchester City’s last FA Cup game was captained by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
“My wife woke me up at midnight UK time, weeping,” the Ukraine international recounts of how he learned the invasion had begun.
“I was taken aback. She showed me films, images, and current events in Ukraine.
“Perhaps the most intimate sensation is when someone in your group passes away. You know, the sense that you’re in such poor shape on the inside. But it gets a whole lot worse.”
He said the emotion still striking him nine days into the fight.
“I’m in tears right now. So it’s been a week, and I’m not counting, but I can drive the vehicle from the training field, or anywhere else, and weep for no reason, “he said
“It’s all happening in my thoughts. Consider the location where you were born and grew up. And there’s nothing except bare dirt.”
On his admiration for Ukrainians who refuse to give up
Many Ukrainians have remained to fight Russia, including Zinchenko’s pals, with those who reside overseas coming home for the conflict.
“I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for my kid and family,” he stated.
“It’s simply how I was born.” I am familiar with the attitude of the people in my nation, and they all think the same way.
“I am really pleased to be Ukrainian, and I will remain for the rest of my life.” And you can see how people battle for their life when you see them.
“I know the people of my nation, and I know that they choose to die, and that they will die. They’re not going to give up, however.”
On the world’s support for Ukraine
He claimed he had been stunned by the outpouring of support he had got from football fans, passers-by, and seeing contributions from the British public.
He expressed his gratitude by saying, “I’m really thankful.” “I’m really appreciative for the help I’m receiving here from all of these folks.” I had no idea it was going to turn out this way. As a result, I’d want to express my gratitude to each and every one of them. I really appreciate it.
“I’m receiving a lot of messages from people in Ukraine, and they’re asking me about the support videos [from the UK].”
“So people are watching TV, and they’re still watching football, and they can see all of these things, and I’m sure that helps them a lot.”
“It’s almost as though those who support Ukraine are trying to persuade them not to give up. And I know my folks aren’t going to do it.”
He’s on a mission to inform the rest of the globe about what’s going on.
Ukraine was represented by Oleksandr Zinchenko at Euro 2020.
Zinchenko believes his “job is to convey the rest of the world the genuine truth about what’s going on in Ukraine right now,” particularly in the face of Russian misinformation.
“I talked with a lot of folks on our side. They also said that the way Russian television portrays Americans is absurd.
“It is my job to expose the rest of the world what is going on right now.”
“There are a few places in the lower part of Ukraine where residents, mostly Russians, come and stage phony demonstrations saying things like ‘we want to be with Russia’ and similar things.
“I have a million images to show you.” I have a million videos of what they are doing right now that I can show you. I can show you every city they devastated in my nation.
“There is famine in the area. People are barely scraping by, sleeping on the ground or in bunkers, unable to live a normal life.”
That was Zinchenko’s motivation for doing the interview, he claimed.
“This interview has been on my mind for a few days. Should I go ahead and do it? Should I or should I not? “he said “But I just want to make it clear to everyone that this is not something to be taken lightly. We must put an end to the conflict.”
Regarding his dissatisfaction with Russian footballers
Zinchenko has expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that no Russian diplomats have spoken out against the invasion.
“I am glad to be Russian,” Russia captain Artem Dzyuba stated in response to his country’s ban from international events by Fifa and Uefa.
“I was amazed that no one, not one of them, from all of them has said anything,” Zinchenko stated.
“The majority of them are members of the national team, and they have a large following on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms.”
“And they can, at the at least, do something to bring this conflict to an end.” Because they are audible to the whole public.
“I already know they’re terrified.” But what are they afraid of? They aren’t going to do anything about them.
“At the very least, they have the ability to state their viewpoints; but, they do not do so and instead choose to disregard it. I’m not sure why.”
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