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Featured Image Credit: PA Images & Instagram: Andriy Yarmolenko
West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko has become the latest Ukrainian player to criticise Russia's national team for their silence over the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia launched a full-scale military attack on its neighbour on Thursday, with intense fighting now raging for a seventh day in cities across Ukraine.
Only one high-profile Russia international, Dynamo Moscow striker Fedor Smolov, has spoken out in opposition to the invasion.
Earlier this week, Everton left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko launched a blistering attack on Russia captain Artem Dzyuba, labelling him a “silent b****” while also slamming his “s***head” teammates.
Yarmolenko has now released a similar statement, in which he alludes to Dzyuba infamous sex tape which was leaked in 2020.
He said: "I’m Andriy Yarmolenko, a Ukrainian national player, I was born in Saint Petersburg but grew up in Ukraine and regard myself as 100 per cent Ukrainian.
"I have a question for Russian players. Guys, why are you sitting like s***heads, and not saying anything?
"In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing mothers, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.
"Tell me please, what will happen if all of you together, united, show the people what is really happening in my country.
"I know a lot of you, I’m familiar with many of you and you all told me ‘it shouldn’t be like this’, that your president is acting incorrectly.
"So guys, you have influence over the people, show this, I am asking you, please!
"I know some of you like to show your balls on camera but now the time’s come to show your balls in real life.
"Thank you for your attention! Glory to Ukraine."
Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has also spoken out against the invasion.
He posted a picture of Putin to his Instagram story earlier this week, with the caption: “I hope you die the most painful suffering death, creature.”
At least 102 civilians have been killed since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine but the real figure is feared to be "considerably higher”, according to the UN's human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.