A move that angered Russia.
“A single and indivisible homeland with the Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kiev, my homeland Dnipro, Lviv, Odessa and all cities and villages where the main melody from childhood is the melody of the national anthem.”
Russia has signaled that it wants to hold onto Crimea because it sees it as part of the Russian state.
Tensions between the two nations flared in April following a buildup of Russian troops along the border in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian government forces have been fighting against Russia-backed separatists demanding independence from Kiev since 2014.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova told TASS on Sunday that the inclusion of Crimea on the map of Ukraine was an attempt to “create an illusion of the impossible”.
However, Pavelko said he believed “Ukraine’s silhouette will give strength to the players because they will fight for all of Ukraine”.
“And all of Ukraine, from Sevastopol and Simferopol to Kiev, from Donetsk and Luhansk to Uzhhorod, will support them in every game,” he added.
The shirt will also have the slogan “Glory to Ukraine” on the back and “Lory to the heroes” in the collar.
Sakharova criticized the inclusion of the phrases associating her with Ukrainian nationalists who fought on the side of the Nazis in World War II.
“Kiev is apparently trying to distance this slogan from its inconvenient origins and fill it with a new positive meaning so that the whole world will perceive it as progressive,” she said.
On Monday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba praised the new team jersey on Twitter.
“I really like the new shape of our team,” he tweeted. “I can say to all those who have started to hiss because they were caught in the eye by the internationally recognized borders or the official greeting of our state: We will not allow our national symbols to be insulted. Glory to Ukraine! Together to victory! “
However, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov downplayed the affair in a phone call to journalists on Monday.
“Sport is sport. We have to go beyond creating hatred between Russians and Ukrainians,” he said.
“We are convinced that we are two related peoples. Ukrainians are always welcome guests in our country.”
UEFA, the European football association that organizes Euro 2020, told CNN in a statement that it has approved the shirt.
“The shirt of the Ukrainian national team (and all other teams) for UEFA EURO 2020 has been approved by UEFA in accordance with applicable equipment regulations,” the statement said.
The tournament is set to start on Friday after being postponed compared to last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.