The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine demands a review of the FIFA and UEFA decisions to allow russian citizens to participate in international competitions.
“At least 19,000 children were kidnapped from Ukraine and deported to russia. The russian military forces destroyed 2,767 educational institutions in Ukraine. 344 sports facilities were damaged, 95 of them were completely or partially destroyed by russia.
The occupying russian regime continues to kill and kidnap Ukrainian children, destroying civilian infrastructure, including stadiums and sports schools, leaving Ukrainian children no opportunity to play sports or live a normal life. Thus, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, russia has killed 504 children, and another 1129 have been injured as a result of russian aggression. We have already documented 3209 crimes committed by the russian occupiers against children, including 13 cases of sexual violence against minors,” the message reads.
Ukraine called on all UEFA member associations to join the boycott of any matches with russia. Officially, the football associations of England, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Romania have already announced such a boycott. Several other countries, including Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Estonia, have said they are waiting for further explanations from UEFA.