Ukrainian goalkeeper says “Putin is a killer” as he sends message of hope to his country

Ben Church and Matias Grez

Anatoliy Trubin should be enjoying life as a professional footballer. Instead, the 20-year-old is doing his part to help Ukraine survive the Russian invasion.

The Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper, who has also played for the national team, was living in the city of Lutsk, western Ukraine, as he spoke to CNN about life in his war-torn country.


“My heart is bleeding. A lot of people, a lot of children, are killed and I don’t understand this,” he said.
“Putin is a killer and I don’t understand how it is possible.”

Lutsk has been the target of Russian missile strikes over the past month and Trubin has been left heartbroken by the devastation he’s seen across his homeland.

Now, he wants to use his platform to send messages of hope to those faced with the brutal reality of war.

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