Russia outraged that Ukraine’s new soccer jerseys include Crimea

Russia outraged that Ukraine’s new soccer jerseys include Crimea

Russians are nyet feeling Ukraine’s new soccer jerseys.

A new design unveiled Sunday nearly set off an international incident because of a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea – an area the Kremlin views as part of Russia.

Critics have bashed the map and two military slogans printed on the yellow jersey they say emulate the Nazis.

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“It is ugly,” politician Nikolai Valuev said of the design, which he told Russian sports site Championat was an attempt to politicize sports, according to NBC News.

Including what Russia believes is its territory on the map was “illegal” and a “political provocation,” said Russian parliamentarian Dmitry Svishchev, according to Reuters.

The jersey has the phrase “Glory to Ukraine!” on the back and the slogan “Glory to the Heroes!” inside – which Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Facebook was nationalistic and copied a Nazi call.

Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, is still considered part of Ukraine internationally.


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