Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk said their Brazilian players have left the country safely following the invasion by Russia.
Shakhtar, who are based in the east of the country and have more than a dozen Brazilians in their squad, said the players and their families had arrived in Romania.
Shakhtar added that fellow club Dynamo Kyiv’s foreign players had also left the country. Three Brazilians who play for SK Dnipro-1 crossed the border into Romania on Saturday.
“The evacuation of the players was made possible thanks to the personal assistance of Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin, the Ukrainian Football Association President Andrii Pavelko and the Moldovan Football Federation President Leonid Oleinichenko,” Shakhtar said in a statement.
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Fierce fighting and Russian bombardment in Ukraine have killed dozens of people and sparked a refugee crisis.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” that it says is not designed to occupy territory but to destroy its southern neighbour’s military capabilities and capture what it regards as dangerous nationalists.