Contents tagged with World Cup

  • More than 6,000 Ukrainians bought tickets to FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

    According to the press service of the International Football Federation (FIFA), about six thousand Ukrainians will travel to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This is the number of tickets that was purchased from Ukraine. It is not yet known from what regions of Ukraine the ticket purchasers are. Sales are still ongoing.

    "We can confirm that about six thousand tickets were distributed for Ukrainian fans to date," the FIFA press service stated, according to About 5,200 Ukrainians …

  • FIFA has not allowed Russia to create an official fan zone in Crimea

    FIFA did not grant the Crimea the right to open an official World Cup fan zone on the peninsula, the “Minister of Tourism and Resorts" of the Crimea, Vadim Volchenko reported.

    "We and the Federal Agency of the Russian Federation for Tourism approached FIFA to obtain permission for public broadcasts of World Cup [matches] and didn't get an answer," R-Sport agency quoted Volchenko as saying.

    "It is a weird situation, there is neither a refusal nor an answer. In fact, it seems like a ban for the …

  • Putin promises continued support for DPR and LPR

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he does not intend to abandon continued assistance to the DPR and LPR separatist republics, which control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

    He said this during a "direct line" with Russian citizens while answering a question by writer Zakhar Prilepin, who participated in the war against Ukraine on the side of the militants.

    Prilepin asked Putin his opinion about whether Ukraine will take advantage of the 2018 World Cup in order to …

  • Putin invited Moldovan President Dodon to the opening ceremony of FIFA 2018 World Cup

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon will take part in the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Dodon on Tuesday in an interview with the NTV-Moldova television channel.

    "Next week I will be at the World Cup, as I promised Putin in response to his invitation. There will be an opportunity to talk with many leaders of state, including Vladimir Vladimirovich. During the first match I will be rooting for Russia and, overall, I have a few …

  • Ukrainian National Bank prohibits accepting a new Russian hundred-ruble bill dedicated to the World Cup 2018

    The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) prohibited all financial institutions of the country from accepting Russian currency bills and coins depicting objects in the Crimea, news outlet reports, citing the regulation of the NBU.

    It is reported that a hundred-ruble bill dedicated to the FIFA World Cup 2018 and also a 3-ruble coin that was put into circulation in March this year have been banned.

    The NBU explained that the territory of the Russian Federation with annexed Crimea is depicted on …

  • Human Rights Watch calls for boycott of FIFA 2018 World Cup opening match in Russia

    Human Rights Watch, a prominent human rights organization, has called for a political boycott of the opening match of the World Cup, which will be held on June 14 in Russia. Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of the organization, announced this in a special statement on Tuesday, May 22.

    "World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister says he will watch 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin announced that he would undoubtedly be watching the world soccer tournament that will be held in Russia, but that he would not view it on Russian TV channels.

    "I will be watching World Cup broadcast because I believe that sport is sport. It is not soccer's fault that in 2018, Russia hosts the World Cup. There are teams and there are players to cheer for. For me, soccer is not only soccer but also art," the Minister said.

    "At the same time, I …

  • LPR and DPR residents to be banned from entering Russia during FIFA 2018 World Cup

    Russia intends to ban residents of the separate regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces from entering the country during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A statement to this effect was made by Oleh Slobodyan, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (SBGS), on his Facebook page.

    “As the SBGS has learned, as part of preparation for the FIFA-2018 football World Cup, security measures in Russia are being tightened. And so, in the period between June 1 and July 17, 2018, restrictions …

  • Russia grants visa to German journalist Seppelt for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and wants to question him

    German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas announced that Moscow has made concessions. The journalist for ARD, Hajo Seppelt, who is known for his revealing movies about doping in Russian sports, will be allowed to enter the Russian Federation. The Russian Investigative Committee stated that they want to question him about the case of doping, Deutsche Welle reports.  "Russia has just informed us that Hajo Seppelt can enter the country and stay at least during the Championship. We continue …

  • Ukrainian MPs propose to ban broadcasting of FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Four deputies of the Verkhovna Rada proposed to prohibit the broadcasting of 2018 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Russia,as stated in draft resolution Number 8343, submitted to the Verkhovna Rada on May 11.

    The authors of the document are the chairman of the Radical Party faction, Oleh Lyashko and the party deputies, Ihor Mosiychuk and Andriy Lozovyi, as well as the chairman of the Union Self Reliance faction, Oleh Bereziuk.

    Deputies proposed that broadcasting the matches "violates the …