Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko has taken part in a poignant interview about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and called for an end to the violence
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He has now opened up about the shameful scenes back home in a tearful interview with Lineker.
And he has admitted he’s having trouble coming to terms with the situation.
“I’m just crying,” said the 25-year-old BBC Sport. “I promise you, I’m just crying.
“It’s been a week like I’m not counting, but myself, I can drive the car from the training ground, or anywhere, I just can’t cry to anything because it’s all in my head.
“Imagine the place where you were born, where you grew up, and there’s just empty ground.”
Zinchenko dropped out to share his admiration for his compatriots who defended their country with their lives.
A number of high-profile sports stars, such as the Klitschko brothers and Oleksandr Usyk, have taken up arms to fight in the war.
And he admitted that without his family he would fight in Ukraine again.
“I’ll be honest, if it weren’t for my daughter, my family, I would be there,” he added.
“I am so proud. I’m so proud to be Ukrainian. And I will be forever, for the rest of my life. And when you watch people fighting for their lives… There are no words.
“I know the people, the mentality of my people from my country. They prefer to die and they will die. But they won’t give [up].”
Putin has claimed that the invasion of Russia is more of a security operation than a war or invasion.
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But that claim was furiously dismissed by Zinchenko – who called the violence against his homeland “unacceptable”.
“I can show you a million pictures. I can show you a million videos. I can show you every city in my country that they destroyed. And this is a security operation? It is impossible.
“This is real war. And the way they are treating my people is unacceptable. We have to end this.”
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