Ukrainian footballer Alexander Aliyev refused to consider Crimeans Russians. His words are Sport24.
“When I arrived in Ukraine, Crimea was Ukrainian. Now it is Russia. But Crimeans were and will remain Ukrainians for me. Crimea is Ukraine, ”Aliyev said. The footballer added that he wants to improve relations between Russia and Ukraine. He expressed the hope that “fraternal peoples will be able to live as they did before 2013.”
Aliyev is a former midfielder of the Ukrainian team. At the club level, he is known for playing for Dynamo Kyiv and Lokomotiv Moscow.
On April 11, Ukrainian footballer Rustam Khudzhamov spoke about relations between Ukraine and Russia. Then he declared that he refused to be friends with the “Russians who killed the Ukrainians”.
The crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations began in March 2014, when, following a referendum, Crimea entered Russia. Most residents of the peninsula supported this decision. Kiev and Western countries do not recognize the results of the referendum and consider Russia’s actions to be occupation.