The first sports casualties of the war in Ukraine have been announced.
The International Federation of Professional Football (FIFPro) confirmed that two young Ukrainian players, Vitalii Sapylo (21) and Dmytro Martynenko (25) were killed in battle.
FIFPro said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and teammates of young Ukrainian players Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko, who were the first to report losses in this war. May you both rest in peace.”
Sapylo’s club, Karpaty Lviv, called their goalkeeper “a hero” after announcing he had died defending the capital Kyiv last Friday. A club statement added: “We cherish the eternal memory of this hero.”
Our thoughts are with the family, friends and teammates of two young Ukrainian players Vitalii Sapylo (21 years old) and Dmytro Martynenko (25 years old), who first reported losses in this war.
May you both rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/f6l9oHHRMr
– FIFPRO (@FIFPRO) March 1, 2022
FC Gostomel player Martynenko died after a Russian bomb hit his apartment complex in Kyiv.
It was also announced that 19-year-old professional skier Yevhen Malyshev was killed in the skirmish.
Former tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky, who joined the fight against Russia’s invasion of his native Ukraine, admits sports sanctions alone will not stop Vladimir Putin’s army.
“The support and even the restrictions and sanctions of the Russian Federation on sports, culture, are very good, it is working. I am very sure that it is working,” Stakhovsky said.
“But it doesn’t stop him from doing what he’s doing and someone needs to stop him.”
Boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko, a former three-weight world champion, has joined the Ukrainian territorial force, while WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion Oleksandyr Usyk has been pictured holding a weapon.
Vitali Klitschko, a former WBC and WBO champion, is mayor of Kyiv and has remained in the capital despite onslaught from Russian President Putin’s forces.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/two-ukrainian-footballers-and-professional-skier-killed-by-russian-forces-in-kyiv-41402534.html Two Ukrainian footballers and professional skiers were killed by Russian troops in Kyiv