Ukrainian soccer icon Andriy Shevchenko shares message of peace ahead of Milan derby
Legendary Ukraine and AC Milan footballer Andriy Shevchenko shares a video message of peace ahead of the San Siro derby, calling for unity and a stop to war after the Russian invasion
- Andriy Shevchenko is an AC Milan legend and has appeared on the big screen
- The Ukrainian icon addressed fans and called for an end to the war in his country
- The players stood together in solidarity and posed next to a ‘peace’ sign before the game
Ukraine and AC Milan soccer legend Andriy Shevchenko shared a video message calling for peace at the San Siro on Tuesday night.
The 45-year-old was watched keenly by both sets of supporters ahead of the first leg of their Copa Italia clash which ended 0-0.
He appeared on the big screen draped in his national flag and said: “Dear Italian friends, I ask you from San Siro to give your support for peace in Ukraine.
“The Ukrainian people want peace, because peace has no borders, because what unites us must be stronger than what divides us.
“Let’s stop the war together. I kiss you all.
There were several gestures of solidarity with the Ukrainian people after the Russian invasion
Milan handed out cards to supporters of both sides in the stadium showing the Ukrainian flag and the word “peace”.
Stefano Pioli’s men also performed their pre-match warm-ups wearing T-shirts of the same design.
All eyes were on Andriy Shevchenko’s message ahead of kick-off on Tuesday
AC and Inter Milan players posed for photos behind a banner calling for peace
And players and officials gathered under a banner calling for “peace” before the game kicked off.
Shevchenko is not the only current or former Ukrainian footballer to spread the message. Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko were featured in a powerful video alongside some of their international team-mates pleading with the footballing world to help end the war in Ukraine.
As their country is besieged by Russia, Zinchenko and Yarmolenko are joined by other Ukrainian players in calling on “everyone who hears us to resist this war, to stop the destruction and the bloodshed”.
Players from Italian sides Atalanta and Spezia as well as Ukrainian sides Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv also feature in the two-minute video.
They add: “To everyone who is united by the love of football, to every fan, to every player, to every coach, to every manager, to everyone who understands and loves football.
Mike Maignan was among the players to warm up in a specially designed T-shirt
‘We love football. We call on you. Explain to the whole world and show all the inhabitants of planet Earth that, under the guise of a special operation, Russian troops are waging open war against Ukraine.
“They are bombarding residential areas with missiles and shooting at civilians. We call on the entire global football community to oppose Russian propaganda.”
“To show the truth and tell the truth about this war in Ukraine by any means possible. We thank all those who have already done so and all those who will support us.
‘No to war. Glory to Ukraine. Glory to the heroes. #stop the war.’
Hundreds of people have already died following the invasion of the sovereign country by Vladimir Putin.
And a 40-mile tank and artillery convoy has been pictured heading towards Kiev, sparking fears of a dramatic escalation in shelling.
Fans received signs to hold their ground and there was a big outpouring of support for Ukraine
A burnt-out car and rubble are strewn on the streets of Brovary, a town on the outskirts of Kiev
Moscow’s Defense Ministry claimed the strikes would target security services and intelligence agencies with “precision munitions”.
The news comes just hours after Belarus threw its own soldiers into the fray, according to the country’s parliament, with an attack on the city of Chernihiv.
President Volodymyr Zelensky called the bombings “terrorism” and vowed that “no one will forgive, no one will forget” Russia’s actions.