Zinchenko: “I cried a lot. I had to show the world what was happening in Ukraine”
05 Mar 2022 | 13:08 | Football
The Manchester City star opened up about the conflict in Ukraine while he was still fighting for the team.
The talent of Oleksandr Zinchenko
The 25-year-old defender wore the Manchester City armband during the FA Cup win over Peterborough in midweek. He also carried the Ukrainian flag before the match, after sitting on the bench for the previous two matches.
As a player active in opposing the war that Russia is waging in Ukraine, Zinchenko has shared with the BBC. Below is the player’s full interview.
Zinchenko spoke out about the war.
Feelings of Zinchenko
“In the middle of the night, my wife woke me up and she was crying. I was shocked. She showed me videos, pictures, what is happening in Ukraine.
You know, this feeling of watching people close to you die is so much worse. I’m just crying. So it’s been a week of fighting and I can’t stop crying. I cried a lot.
That was everything in my head. Imagine where you were born, where you grew up. And now it’s just a vacant lot.”
“Honestly, without my daughter, my family, I would be there [Ukraine]. I was just born like that. I know the people of my country, their mentality, and all of them, they think exactly the same.
I am very proud to be Ukrainian, and that will be forever for the rest of my life. I know the mentality of the people of my country, they would rather die, and they will. But they won’t give up.”
Zinchenko opposes Russia.
Mission for the whole world to know
“I spoke to many people who were on our side. And they said that the way the Russian media conveyed the message to us found it ridiculous.
My mission is to show the rest of the world what is really happening in this moment.
I can show you a million pictures. I could show you a million videos, what are they doing now. I can show you every city in my country that has been destroyed.
People are starving there. Those who just survived, sleeping on the ground, in the bunker, they couldn’t live a normal life.”
Disappointment for Russian Colleague
“I was surprised that no one, not one of them spoke up. Most of them play in the national team and they have a lot of followers on Instagram, Facebook, wherever they are.
And they can, at least they can do something to stop this war. Because everyone can hear them.
I know that they are scared. But what are they afraid of? No one does anything to them. At least they can state their position, but they ignore it. I do not know why.”