Russia's invasion

RIP HEROES! Two Ukrainian footballers have died while defending their country following Russia’s invasion, FIFPRO reports. 

FIFPRO has confirmed Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko, aged 21 and 25 respectively have died in combat. The duo becomes the first casualties of the ongoing war which has entered day seven.

“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and team-mates of young Ukrainian footballers Vitalii Sapylo and Dmytro Martynenko, football’s first reported losses in this war. May they both rest in peace,” a statement from FIFPRO read.

Sapylo, who features for Karpaty Lyiv’s youth side, a third-division club joined the Ukrainian army as a tank commander. He has been with the military since last Friday died defending the Kyiv capital.

“We cherish the eternal memory of this hero,” a statement from Karpaty read.

Meanwhile, Martynenko, who last played for second-division side FC Gostomel died alongside his mother after Russian bombs hit his home in an apartment block in the capital.

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Dmytro Martynenko 25
Dmytro Martynenko 25
Vitalii Sapylo 21
Vitalii Sapylo 21

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