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Ukraine: Rival football hooligans unite for nationalist march01:34

Ukraine: Rival football hooligans unite for nationalist march

Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk
March 13, 2016 at 22:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

A combined total of around 600 supporters of the football teams FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk united for a joint march calling 'for the unity of the Ukraine', in the streets of Dnipropetrovsk, Sunday, before the two teams met for a Ukrainian Premier League clash.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk moved away from its hometown as the region became a part of self-proclaimed Donetsk People Republic (DPR/DNR). This happened as the Euromaidan revolution government has sent troops to eastern Ukraine to stop mass uprising following the de facto coup in Kiev. Shakhtar is temporary based in Lviv in western Ukraine, the city that is known to have a strong nationalist presence.

Both groups of fans carried smoke agents, sang songs and shouted pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian chants. They were voicing support for the unity of the Ukraine through the compulsory inclusion of breakaway regions by military means.

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A combined total of around 600 supporters of the football teams FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk united for a joint march calling 'for the unity of the Ukraine', in the streets of Dnipropetrovsk, Sunday, before the two teams met for a Ukrainian Premier League clash.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk moved away from its hometown as the region became a part of self-proclaimed Donetsk People Republic (DPR/DNR). This happened as the Euromaidan revolution government has sent troops to eastern Ukraine to stop mass uprising following the de facto coup in Kiev. Shakhtar is temporary based in Lviv in western Ukraine, the city that is known to have a strong nationalist presence.

Both groups of fans carried smoke agents, sang songs and shouted pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian chants. They were voicing support for the unity of the Ukraine through the compulsory inclusion of breakaway regions by military means.

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