Two young footballers have reportedly been killed in Ukraine as a consequence of the Russian invasion.
As much as it’s difficult to envisage the frightening and heartbreaking situation unfolding in Ukraine from the comfort of our homes abroad, we have all been shocked and angered by the atrocities committed in the country since Russia invaded.
Innocent civilians, including women and children, have been killed. That cannot be justified by the collateral damage of war – some of the attacks resulting in civilian loss of life have been targeted and calculated.
Sadly, as is reported by The Sun, Ukraine has now lost two budding footballers after attacks by the Russian hand.
Vitalii Sapylo, who was just 21-years-old and playing for Second division team Karpaty Lviv, was brutally killed by Russians during a battle on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Dmytro Martynenko, who played at amateur level for FC Gostomel, was killed during a bomb attack on his apartment block.
Their deaths are no more or less tragic than the deaths of any other Ukrainian to have died via Russian weaponry – but they, like so many others, have been robbed of prosperous futures, and for what?