Andriy Pavelko, head of the Ukrainian Football Federation, presented the new uniform on Facebook on Sunday, hailing its design as a “symbol of the one and undivided nation” that would encourage players to “fight for the whole of Ukraine”.
And Pavelko is a member of UEFA Executive Committee Who agreed to design the uniform of Ukraine.
The T-shirts also contain phrases such as “Glory to Heroes” and “Glory to Ukraine”, which are often used as the official military salute in Ukraine.
“The jerseys of the Ukrainian national team, and all other teams, have been approved for Euro 2020, in accordance with the applicable equipment regulations,” the Swiss-based UEFA Executive Committee said.
Most countries in the world do not recognize the Russian annexation process, and international law still considers Crimea a territory of Ukraine.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, mocked the design on social media, calling it a “desperate gesture” and likening the slogans on the T-shirts to “sort of Nazi chants.”
Ukraine-Russia relations have been in a diplomatic downturn since 2014, when Moscow annexed the peninsula and backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, where seven years of fighting have killed more than 14,000 people.
Ukraine is expected to play its first match in the tournament, the Netherlands on June 13 in Amsterdam, while Russia will face Belgium in St Petersburg on June 12.