Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko joins vigil in Manchester city center

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Oleksandr Zinchenko, the Ukrainian defender for Manchester City, attended a vigil in Manchester’s city center to offer support for his nation following Russia’s invasion.

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko joins vigil in Manchester city center
Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko joins vigil in Manchester city center

On Thursday evening, Zinchenko, 25, was among the crowd assembled outside the city’s Central Library.

The Ukrainian flag’s blue and yellow colors were used to illuminate the structure.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin began a military invasion of Ukraine.

On his Instagram page, Zinchenko shared a photo of the vigil with the message “There will be no war! Please remember Ukraine in your prayers.”

In a previous post, the full-back stated that “The entire civilized world is concerned” about Ukraine’s plight, he added, adding that “my nation belongs to Ukrainians and no one will ever be able to usurp it.” We are not going to give up!”

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko joins vigil in Manchester city center

Oleksandr Volodymyrovych Zinchenko is a professional footballer from Ukraine who plays as a defender or midfielder for Manchester City in the Premier League and for the Ukraine national team.

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Zinchenko began his career with Ufa of the Russian Premier League before joining Manchester City for £1.7 million in 2016. He has 48 caps for Ukraine.

He has 115 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals and assisting on three Premier League titles.

Zinchenko’s post wishing Putin ‘a painful suffering death’ was deleted by Instagram

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko joins vigil in Manchester city center

Putin launched a military assault against Ukraine on Thursday morning, prompting Zinchenko to express his displeasure with Russia’s choice on social media.

The message on Putin’s photo in Zinchenko’s Instagram account said, “I pray you endure the most terrible suffering death, beast.”

Zinchenko’s heartfelt letter of encouragement

On Tuesday, the Manchester City player used Instagram to express his support for his countrymen by posting an emotional message.

“The situation in my country is causing concern throughout the civilised world,” Zinchenko stated.

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Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Man City's Oleksandr Zinchenko joins vigil in Manchester city center

“I can’t sit here and try to persuade you of my point of view. My country is depicted in the photo. I was born and raised in this nation.

“In international sports, I represent a country whose colors I proudly wear. A country that we strive to grow and glorify.

“A nation whose borders must remain unbroken. Ukrainians own my country, and no one will ever be able to take it away from them. We are not going to give up! Ukraine is to be praised.”

Shevchenko’s reaction

On Wednesday, former Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko used social media to convey his own message of unity by posting a photo of his country’s map.

Shevchenko

“My motherland is Ukraine! I’ve always been proud of my nation and people “Shevchenko shared a photo on Instagram.

“We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in the last 30 years, and we’ve grown as a nation! A country made up of honest, hardworking, and freedom-loving people. This is our most valuable resource! For all of us, today is a trying time. But we must band together! We shall triumph if we work together! Ukraine is to be praised!”

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