Ukraine’s Euro 2020 kit sparks outrage as shirt features a map including Russia annexed-Crimea 

Ukraine‘s kit for the upcoming European Championship has sparked outrage in neighbouring Russia as the new national team shirt is emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and Moscow considers the peninsula part of Russia, but it is internationally recognised as part of Ukraine, including by the United Nations.

Head of the Ukrainian football association Andriy Pavelko revealed the new kit on his official Facebook page on Sunday, less than a week before the continental competition kicks off on Friday June 11.

Ukraine's new kit for the European Championship tournament has sparked outrage in Russia

Ukraine's new kit for the European Championship tournament has sparked outrage in Russia

Ukraine’s new kit for the European Championship tournament has sparked outrage in Russia

The shirt has a map including Russian-annexed Crimea; Moscow considers it part of Russia

The Crimean peninsula is shown at the bottom right of this map, surrounded by the Black Sea

The Crimean peninsula is shown at the bottom right of this map, surrounded by the Black Sea

The Crimean peninsula is shown at the bottom right of this map, surrounded by the Black Sea

The front of the yellow shirt shows Ukraine’s borders in white. A slogan at the top of the back reads ‘Glory to Ukraine!’

Inside the shirt is another slogan that declares ‘Glory to the heroes!’ – with both phrases used in Ukraine as an official military greeting.

Russian parliamentary deputy Dmitry Svishchev called the shirt design ‘a political provocation’, and said showing a map of Ukraine ‘which includes a Russian territory is illegal’.

The controversial shirt was revealed on the Facebook page of the head of the Ukrainian FA

The controversial shirt was revealed on the Facebook page of the head of the Ukrainian FA

The controversial shirt was revealed on the Facebook page of the head of the Ukrainian FA

A slogan at the top of the back says 'Glory to Ukraine!

A slogan at the top of the back says 'Glory to Ukraine!

Another inside the shirt reads 'Glory to the heroes!' which is controversial given its use as an official military greeting

Another inside the shirt reads 'Glory to the heroes!' which is controversial given its use as an official military greeting

Military greetings used in Ukraine being written as slogans on the shirt is also controversial

Andriy Shevchenko's side beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a warm-up match for the competition

Andriy Shevchenko's side beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a warm-up match for the competition

Andriy Shevchenko’s side beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a warm-up match for the competition

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on social media that the slogans on the shirts were nationalistic and that the slogan ‘Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!’ echoed a German Nazi rallying cry.

Relations between Moscow and Kiev deteriorated sharply after the annexation of Crimea and the start of a Russian-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine play their opening Euro 2020 match against the Netherlands on June 13 in Amsterdam, and also face Austria and North Macedonia in Group C, while Russia take on Belgium on June 12, and will also face Denmark and Finland in Group B. 

Ukraine will open their Euro 2020 campaign against the Netherlands

Ukraine will open their Euro 2020 campaign against the Netherlands

Russia, meanwhile, will face Belgium in the first match of the tournament

Russia, meanwhile, will face Belgium in the first match of the tournament

Ukraine face the Netherlands on June 13, while Russia take on Belgium on June 12 at Euro 2020

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