Ukrainian Premier League to resume on August 23 | Russia-Ukraine war News

Video games will likely be held with out followers and will likely be outfitted with safety measures together with air raid sirens amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Premier League (UPL) will begin once more on August 23, the nation’s sports activities minister has mentioned, however the video games will likely be held with out spectators and the stadiums will likely be outfitted with shelters for any air raid sirens.

No matches have been performed since Russia invaded Ukraine in February in what Moscow calls a “particular navy operation”.

The final spherical of fixtures was performed in December earlier than the league went on a three-month winter break. Shakhtar Donetsk had been high of the league desk with 47 factors from 18 video games, two factors forward of rivals Dynamo Kyiv.

In a Fb publish on Monday, Sport Minister Vadym Guttsait mentioned matches may have a navy presence for safety, in addition to the opposite security provisions. The date of August 23 coincides with Ukraine’s Nationwide Flag Day.

“It is extremely necessary to renew enjoying soccer, like different nationwide championships, in Ukraine,” he mentioned.

“We hold competing and cheering. We hold combating and successful. Ukrainian sport will earn victory on all fronts and can’t be stopped from progressing.”

 

Shakhtar are within the Champions League group stage subsequent season, with sporting director Darijo Srna revealing final week that their matches will likely be performed within the Polish capital Warsaw.

Dynamo Kyiv are as a consequence of face Fenerbahce within the second qualifying spherical of the Champions League. Dynamo’s “residence leg” may also be in Poland within the metropolis of Lodz on July 20.

English Premier League facet Everton additionally confirmed on Tuesday that they may host Dynamo in a pre-season pleasant on July 29, with proceeds from the fixture to be donated to humanitarian charities supporting the folks of Ukraine.

A lot of Ukraine’s soccer infrastructure, resembling stadiums and coaching grounds, has been broken by Russian assaults and plenty of international gamers have left Ukrainian groups after Moscow launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24.