The delayed release of Ukraine’s kit for the 2020 European Football Championships begins this week. This caused a strong retaliation from Russia for its portrayal of the borders of countries excluding Crimea that annexed Russia.
The shirt shows a map of Ukraine. including Crimea which was annexed by Russia in 2014 and Donetsk and Lugansk Both of which are controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the slogan “Glorious to Ukraine!” became known to popularize during protests to oust pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.
“The Ukrainian football team in uniform has annexed Ukrainian territory with the Russian Crimea,” Russia’s foreign affairs director Maria Zakharova said. and added that the slogan is “A copy of the famous German National Socialist Party̵7;s greetings,” the Russian MPs called the kit. “Totally inappropriate” and “political incitement”, according to the BBC.
Andrii Pavelko, president of the Ukrainian Football Association, who on Sunday posted the series of pictures on Facebook, said he believed “The Ukrainian silhouette will give strength to the players because they will fight for all Ukraine.”
“Ukraine (and all other teams) shirts for UEFA Euro 2020 have been approved by UEFA. in accordance with the relevant equipment regulations,” the European Football Regulatory Authority said in a BBC statement.