Andriy Pavelko met with sailors released from Russian captivity

Today, October 14, sailor Volodymyr Varimez, senior sailors Vyacheslav Zinchenko and Andrey Oprysko visited the Defender of Ukraine Day.

These are members of the teams of BC Nikopol and Yani Kapu, who were attacked and captured by Russian troops in November 2018. Today, these and other sailors, at the invitation of the President of the Ukrainian Football Association, member of the UEFA Executive Committee Andriy Pavel, will support the national team against Portugal.

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At the House of Football, Ukrainian Navy officials spoke with Andriy Pavelko and UAF First Vice President Nazar Kholodnitsky. In particular, the UAF president told the guests how the football team of the national team of Ukraine, who dedicated their victory over the Lithuanian national team on September 7, the day of their release and return to their homeland, cheered for their captivity. Instead, Vladimir Varimez, Vyacheslav Zinchenko and Andriy Oprysko were keenly interested in the life of the country's main team and did not hide that they dreamed of having an opportunity to personally meet the players and head coach of the blue and yellows Andriy Shevchenko.

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“About a year ago, all of Ukraine was worried about the fate of our sailors captured by an aggressor in November 2018. At home, they celebrate Homeland Defender's Day at home and actively support the national team on their way to Euro-2020. And such support, according to the players themselves and the head coach of the team Andriy Shevchenko, is a great honor and a powerful incentive for the team. These are extremely interesting people with a strong character! We are proud of our brave sailors. We are always glad to see you at the House of Football and at the matches of the national team ”, - said Andriy Pavelko.

At the end of the visit, the sailors received souvenirs and gifts in memory of the meeting, as well as invitations to match the country's main team.

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