Andriy Schevchenko, his mother and sister still live in Kyiv, brought tears to his eyes in a sad TV interview.
The ex-Chelsea striker was 45 Sky SportsWednesday afternoon, I urged Volodymyr Zeleskyy and Vladimir Putin not to forget the Ukraine war.
“I’m so proud to be Ukrainian,” said Shevchenko.
“It’s a very difficult moment for my country, for my people, for my family.
“My mother and sisters are currently in Kyiv, and terrible things are happening there.
“People are dying, children being killed, missiles pointed at our houses, and we must end this war.
“We need to find a way to stop the war.”
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Russian invasion.
According to UN refugee agency, 660,000 people have fled their homes in order to avoid conflict. However, men between 18 and 60 who are eligible for military service were forced to remain behind to fight.
Shevchenko is visibly upset and says he has tried to get his family out of Kyiv.
“Yes I have tried many times,”He replied, “Yes,” when asked whether he had spoken to them about fleeing.
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“I talk to them but their answer is no, they want to stay there.
“This is the spirit, it is the Ukrainian spirit.”
He added: “I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have supported Ukraine.
“Great Britain for it’s incredible support – thanks to everyone who is supporting Ukraine in a very difficult moment for our nation.”