Following the attack on Ukraine by the Russian government, a group of Brazilian Players, including Shakhtar Donetsk’s Junior Moraes, have appealed for help to leave Ukraine. The group of around 20 Brazilians, including the players and their families, are in a hotel in Kyiv.
Moraes and other Brazilian Players Beg for Help Amid Russia Attack
They say they have been left stranded as there is no way to fly home from Ukraine. Junior Moraes speaking about the situation said: “The situation is one of despair.” In a video, the group posted on social media, Moraes also said: “Borders are closed, [so are] banks, there is no fuel, there will be a shortage of food, there is no money. We are gathered waiting for a plan to leave Ukraine.”
In a further message on his Instagram page, the player added: “Friends and family, the situation is serious and we are stuck in Kyiv waiting for a solution so we can leave! We are in a hotel. Pray for us!” Moraes, who started his career in his native Brazil with Santos, has played in Ukraine for the past 10 years. He is now a Ukrainian citizen and has 11 caps for their national team.
Other Brazilian players in the same situation include: Dynamo Kyiv’s Vitinho and Moraes’ Shakhtar Donetsk team-mate Marlon Santos are among those who feature in the video, which includes a plea for help from the Brazilian government. Norton Rapesta, Brazil’s ambassador to Ukraine, has earlier stated that they will evacuate Brazilian players. The country’s domestic football league was set to resume this weekend after a winter break but will now remain suspended.