A group made up of mainly Brazilian footballers and their families have successfully left Ukraine follows Russian invasion of the country, the Ukrainian maximum club Shakhtar Donetsk confirmed on Monday.
They had been crouched down in a Kyiv basement of the hotel before escaping via Earth in Moldova and then in Romania, where many of They posted on social media express relief e horror.
“Shaktar is Brazilian players (has 13 in his team) have left the country “, the club he said, adding that others star foreign with headquarters in Dynamo Ukraine Kyiv He WAS GONE with They.
“After a 16 hour journey, we crossed the border into Ukraine and we are on our way to Bucharest, where we will fly in Brazil “, Matheus Assaf, the agent of Shakhtar player Vinicius Tobias, he said.
The agent thanked Ukraine and Moldova football associations, as well as UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin for making their flight possible.
Shakhtar is Italian coach Roberto De Zerbi posted a video of himself and his coaching personal on Instagram saying they were happy to be home.
“But as long as our Ukrainian players and our Ukrainian friends are not so free us we can never be truly happy, “said De Zerbi.
Dynamo Uruguayan winger Carlos de Pena described a stressful week.
He said he was woken up up just before 5am local time on February 24 “from sound of planes and exploding bombs in Kyiv. “
“There pace it’s over and the nightmare Start. I saw the despair of people in the streets, the queues for supermarkets e cash pointse people escaping to the border ».
De Pena, Brazilian teammate Vitinho and other Brazilians took shelter in a hotel basement.
Friday said: “You could hear the explosions nearby, civilians have started dying and the fear grew “.
He was part of a group who ran away in train to Romania and managed to cross the border with Moldova.
“I was very afraid and hid myself to cry several times to put on a brave face and not show others my despair “.