Tue 01 March 2022 | 10:25

De Zerbi explained Ukraine escape following Russian invasion

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had many consequences and forced many to leave the country.

Shakhtar Donetsk

coach Robert De Zerbi was finally able to escape the ravages of war in


and return to his native Italy, describing the conditions he experienced after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The former head coach of




was in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He spent 24 hours in a bunker in the basement of a hotel and then managed to escape the city and cross the border safely.

He told Radio 105:

"[My time in the Kyiv attack] lasted 24 hours, but they passed very very slowly because you didn't sleep, at night you could hear everything.

"There were those who slept in the bunker [of the hotel] and those in the rooms. I slept in the room to understand what was happening outside the hotel, when I heard a roar would go into the bunker. Then I would go back to my room after a few hours.

"We are back at home thanks to the commitment of the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin who showed great humanity, incredible sensitivity, he organised everything down to the smallest detail and even the embassy treated us well."

De Zerbi also defended the Ukrainians, claiming that they are fighting for the freedom of their country. He added:

"[Ukrainians] are defending freedom and those who defend freedom have an advantage. Of course, the difference in weapons potential shifts everything.

"From what I have seen, they can continue, no one knows for how long. They are really tough: the boxing champion (mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko) began to fight, a young warehouse worker of mine with a young daughter took his rifle ready to fight."









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