Russia outraged over Ukraine's new Euro Cup kit

The new Ukraine football shirt, which has angered officials in Moscow | AFP via Getty Images

Due to its depiction of the country's borders, which includes Russian-annexed Crimea, the unveiling of Ukraine's jersey for the 2020 European Football Championship, which begins this week, has enraged Russia.

The shirt has a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, as well as pro-Russian separatist-held Donetsk and Lugansk. The back of the shirt features the statement "Glory to Ukraine!" which was popular during the 2014 protests that toppled pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

The slogan is "a replica of the famous German National Socialist greetings," according to Russia's Foreign Affairs Department Press Director Maria Zakharova. According to the BBC, Russian lawmakers have described the gear as "very unacceptable" and a "political provocation."

Andrii Pavelko, the president of the Ukrainian Association of Football, who shared photos of the kit on Facebook on Sunday, feels that “the silhouette of Ukraine will give strength to the players since they will battle for all of Ukraine.”

In a statement to the BBC, Uefa said: “The shirt of the Ukrainian national team (and all other teams) for Uefa Euro 2020 has been authorized by Uefa, in conformity with the applicable equipment regulations.”

Publish : 2021-06-07 21:27:00

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