Outrage in Russia over Ukraine's 'illegal' jerseys for Euro 2020

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Oleksandr Zinchenko (pictured) fist pumping after Ukraine's win.
The logo on Ukraine's Euro 2020 jersey (pictured worn by Oleksandr Zinchenko) has angered Russia. (Getty Images)

Ukraine's Euro 2020 jersey has sparked outrage in Russia ahead of the football competition's kick off this week.

The head of Ukraine's football association, Andrii Pavelko, took to social media to unveil the jersey the team would be wearing for the delayed Euro 2020 competition.

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Social media followers noticed the yellow jersey, traditionally yellow and blue, featured a map of Ukraine.

The map also featured the peninsula Crimea, which is stitched around Ukraine's national emblem.

This feature caused uproar because Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

While Russia considers Crimea a part of its territory, the notion is rejected internationally by the United Nations.

“We believe that the silhouette of Ukraine will give strength to the players, because they will fight for all Ukraine,” Pavelko wrote.

Russia fumes over Ukraine jersey

But the detail has enraged many.

Russian parliamentary secretary deputy Dmitry Svishchev labelled the move, to news agency RIA, as a 'political provocation'.

He also claimed showing the map of Ukraine: “which includes a Russian territory is illegal”.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on social media by attaching the territory of Crimea to the Ukraine map created "an illusion of the impossible".

However, the jersey did receive some support.

EURO 2020 jersey of the Ukrainian national football team, which has caused controversy in Russia.
EURO 2020 jersey of the Ukrainian national football team, which has caused controversy in Russia. (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

The US embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, tweeted support for the jersey, which claimed they "love the new look" and used the hashtag #CrimeaisUkraine.

Relations between Moscow and Kyiv have deteriorated since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the start of the Russian-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Russia is set to play Belgium in St Petersburg in their opening match.

While Ukraine will kick-off against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

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