Russia’s football captain Artem Dzyuba has finally broken his silence on his country’s invasion of Ukraine after being slammed by Ukrainian players. He responded to Yarmolenko and Mykolenko:
‘Until recently, I did not want to speak on the topic of events in Ukraine.
‘I didn’t want to, not because I’m afraid, but because I’m not an expert in politics, I never got into it and didn’t intend to (unlike a large number of political scientists and virologists who have recently appeared on the Internet).
‘But like everyone else, I have my own opinion. Since I am being drawn to this topic from all sides, I will express it.
‘I am against any war. War is a frightful thing. But I am also against human aggression and hatred, which is gaining some sort of devastating scale every day.
‘I am not afraid that I am Russian. I’m proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes have to suffer now. I am against double standards.
‘The war will end but human relations will remain and it will be impossible to rewind back. Keep this in mind.’
He added: ‘And to some colleagues who sit on their a** in mansions in England and say nasty things: It cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!’