Poroshenko awarded the football team of Ukraine with weapons
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko handed a personalized firearm to nine players of the national team for reaching the final of the 2016 European Championship of the year.
Как reported by ForumDaily, the Ukrainian team made its way to the tournament to be held in the summer in France, beating Slovenia's national team following the results of the play-offs.
President Poroshenko honored the football players on November 22, but then the press service of the head of state said only that the coaches and football players were handed "Memorable gifts".
Portal Ukranews.com publishes a copy of presidential decree No. 650 of 21 in November 2015 on awarding football players with a personalized firearm, as well as head coach of the national team Mikhail Fomenko and President of the Ukrainian Football Federation (FFU) Andrei Pavelko.
Information about the type and brand of premium firearms in the decree of the President of Ukraine is missing.
In total, for his 2015 and the beginning of 2016, Petro Poroshenko, by his decrees, distributed 13 firearms, including people's deputy Yulia Mamchur and head of the High Council of Justice Igor Benedesyuk.
Among the awarded footballers - Andrey Yarmolenko, Oleg Gusev and Yevgeny Khacheridi from Dynamo Kiev, Andriy Pyatov and Vyacheslav Shevchuk from Shakhtar Donetsk, Ruslan Rotan and Artem Fedetskiy from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, as well as Anatoly Timoschuk, Kazakhstan and Evgeny Seleznev from the Russian “Kuban”.
Seleznev's transfer to the club from Russia, which took place after receiving the nominal weapon from the hands of the president, was actively discussed this winter in Ukraine. Many have criticized a football player for such a decision, given the tensions between countries due to conflict in eastern Ukraine with the participation of pro-Russian separatists.
In March, Yevhen Seleznev was not called up to the Ukrainian team for friendly matches against Cyprus and Wales. However, representatives of the Ukrainian Football Federation stated that there was no political motive in refusing the services of a striker.
At the 2016 European Championship, the national teams of Ukraine and Russia, under certain circumstances, may meet with each other if they leave their groups. At the group stage, the rivals of the Ukrainians will be Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland, while the Russians are in the same “quartet” with England, Wales and Slovakia.
In the past and current football seasons, clubs from Russia and Ukraine are divorced in advance at the Euro Cup draw to be decided by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
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