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My family are under attack-Ukraine football legend Shevchenko issues passionate plea as Russia invade Ukraine

Former Ukraine captain and manager Andriy Shevchenko has pleaded with countries around the world to support his nation following the Russian invasion.

Russian president Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine on Thursday morning, swiftly launching strikes all over the country to the condemnation of the international community.

As terrifying footage began to emerge from the region, Shevchenko took to Twitter to express his thoughts.

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‘In the early hours a full scale war was initiated by Russia. My people and my family are under attack,’ he wrote.

‘Ukraine and its population want peace and territorial integrity.

”Please I ask you to support our country and call the Russian government to stop their aggression and violation of international law.

‘We only want peace. War is not the answer.’

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