Football in Ukraine: ‘Where will the kids train now?’

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Chernihiv has been destroyed by Russian forces, including the football stadium, but the local population is refusing to give up

Chernihiv is the largest Ukrainian city to have been freed from Russian occupation. Its pre-war population was estimated at around 280,000. After being under siege for more than a month only a third of that figure remains. Seven hundred people have lost their lives, according to official sources.

Before the Russian invasion on 24 February, the city was little known around the world. It is situated 150 kilometres northeast of Kyiv and just 60km away from the border with Belarus, on the banks of the Desna river. In Ukraine, Chernihiv was known for its wonderful churches, chic parks and great promenades by the river.

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Written by Dumitru Garcaliuc in Desna and Emanuel Rosu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/apr/22/football-in-ukraine-where-will-the-kids-train-now under the title “Football in Ukraine: ‘Where will the kids train now?’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.