The Ukrainian Premier League was forced to cease activities on Thursday after Russia launched an attack on Ukraine.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Russian forces crossed the border and began air assaults on Ukraine, prompting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to declare martial law in the country.
The UAF Executive Committee has decided on football competitions in Ukraine under martial law.
Taking into account the decision of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to impose martial law on the entire territory of Ukraine, the UAF Executive Committee decided via their official website that:
“suspend all football competitions at the national, regional, district and city levels in all age categories throughout Ukraine until a separate decision is made on this issue.”UAF Executive Committee
The Ukrainian Premier League was scheduled to resume play this weekend following its regular winter break, but those plans have been halted as a result of the escalating situation.
Shakhtar Donetsk, the League leaders who have been forced to play away from home in Lviv, Kharkiv, and Kyiv since hostilities began in the Donbas region in 2014, tweeted a photo of the Ukrainian national flag on Thursday morning with the caption: “We will resist it!”
UEFA has convened an extraordinary meeting of their Executive Committee for Friday morning, during which they are likely to deprive Russia and St. Petersburg of the privilege to host this season’s Champions League Final.
Brazilian footballers from Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv have been reunited with their families in a Kyiv hotel and have shot this video pleading with Brazilian authorities for assistance as they attempt to flee the country.
Zenit St. Petersburg will meet Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday night in Spain.
Paralympics in talks
The International Paralympic Committee said it was in contact with sports officials in Ukraine and Russia as their teams prepare to go to China for the Paralympic Games’ opening ceremony next week.
“The International Paralympic Committee is in contact with both the Ukrainian and Russian Paralympic Committees in preparation for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games,” the IPC said in an emailed statement. “As a politically neutral organization, the IPC’s primary attention is on the future Games, not on the current state of the world.”
Russia’s name, flag, and anthem are already banned from the Beijing Paralympics from March 4-13 due to prior doping scandals. Its team will participate under the name RPC, which stands for Russian Paralympic Committee.