A lot of Brazilian footballers are stuck in war-torn Ukraine. They’ve asked their government for help getting them out.
Players from Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv can be seen in a video that has been circulating on social media. They are waiting for help in a hotel in Ukraine’s capital city.
The video, which was shared on Twitter by journalist Arthur Quezada, shows the group of Brazilian players making an urgent appeal to their home country’s authorities to rescue them from Ukraine.
Junior Moraes, 34, of Shakhtar, also posted a message on Instagram, saying, “The situation is hopeless.” I’m requesting that you make this video public so that it reaches the [Brazilian] government.
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“The borders have been closed, the banks have been closed, there is no fuel, there will be a food shortage, and there is no money.”
“Dear friends and family, the situation is grave and we are trapped in Kyiv awaiting a way out. We are located within a hotel. Please pray for us.
“We have gathered to await the announcement of a plan to exit Ukraine.”
Shakhtar’s squad features 12 Brazilian players, one of whom is David Neres, who joined from Dutch club Ajax last month.
Dodo, Vitao, Marlon, Ismaily, and Vinicius Tobias are the other Brazilians in Shakhtar’s squad, as are Maycon, Marcos Antonio, Tete, Alan Patrick, Pedrinho, and Fernando.
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Russia invades Ukraine
The two countries’ relationship is understood to be tense following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to invade Ukraine on multiple fronts.
According to the Daily Mail, missiles and bombs began raining from the sky as tanks approached the border. At least 40 Ukrainian soldiers are believed to have died in the invasion, while several others were wounded.
Ukraine league suspended due to war with Russia
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian football league has been suspended due to the country’s ongoing conflict with Russia.
The league stated in a report via Marca that the suspension was in response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s decision to impose martial law in the Eastern European country.
The league’s governing body did not confirm the league’s resumption date, as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues to deteriorate.
Foreign players in the Ukrainian Premier League have begun pleading with their home countries for assistance in leaving the country.