Former Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin has revealed how he felt the urge to flee Moscow following the Russian invasion of his homeland Ukraine.
Oronin, who has scored eight goals in 75 appearances for Ukraine’s national team, has been Dynamo Moscow’s assistant for the past two years after ending his playing career with the Russian capital side in 2014. .
He was forced to quickly evacuate the country with his family to Dusseldorf, where he spent a year of his playing career on loan, via a stopover in Amsterdam, following an invasion of Russia. large-scale into their neighbors to the southwest on February 24.
The former Reds striker said the situation in Eastern Europe was like a “horror movie”, and said he was “proud” of his compatriots in Ukraine who defended the country from the Russian army.
“We got out of Moscow before it was completely sealed off,” Voronin revealed in an interview with the German newspaper. Bild. “We couldn’t land in Dusseldorf, so we flew over to Amsterdam. Now my father, my mother-in-law, my wife and my children are all here.
“I was unwell for four days. Really bad. When I see all the images of my hometown, when I watch the news, everything is as illusory as a movie. But a horror movie. I have almost no words.”
Calling on Germany to help its Ukrainians, Voronin added: “Stop the son of ab**** Putin, help the refugees. And send weapons so we can defend ourselves.
“I am very proud of our country. We have beautiful cities, wonderful people. We will continue to fight. And we will win. But the price is too high. All those who died…we live in 2022, not in World War II.
“I have friends in Kharkiv, in Kyiv, in my hometown of Odesa. I get text messages every five minutes. It’s hard to bear. I just want to help. With money. Anything… and I don’t know if I should say it: But if I were in Ukraine right now, I’d probably have a gun in my hand too. “
Dynamo Moscow confirmed on Tuesday morning that Voronin’s contract has ended.
Russia was banned from all FIFA and UEFA competitions after the invasion.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/its-as-unreal-as-a-movie-a-horror-film-ex-liverpool-striker-andriy-voronin-fled-moscow-after-invasion-41398285.html ‘It’s not as real as a movie, a horror movie’ – Former Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin flees Moscow after the invasion