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Vitaliy Mykolenko admits Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made him realise his own problems are ‘small’

Vitaliy Mykolenko admits Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made him realize that his own problems are “minor”… as the Everton defender reveals that “it’s not always possible” to keep in touch with his friends and relatives in the war-torn torn land

  • Vitaliy Mykolenko Says War In Ukraine Has Made Its Own Problems Insignificant
  • The 23-year-old defender moved from Dynamo Kiev to Everton six months ago
  • He is in regular contact with his parents who are still in the Ukrainian capital
  • But it’s not always easy to talk to relatives in other parts of the country
  • Mykolenko reveals how Seamus Coleman helped him feel at home in England

Vitaliy Mykolenko has admitted that the war in Ukraine has made him realize that the problems he thought he had were unimportant.

The Everton defender is currently on international duty and is about to meet the Republic of Ireland in the Polish city of Lodz on Wednesday night, his country’s fourth game in 11 days.

However, the aches and pains he endured during that run of games – as well as the disappointment of missing a trip to the World Cup final following a play-off defeat to Wales – have faded after an ultimately successful battle against relegation from the Premier League. in insignificance next to the plight of his compatriots at home in the wake of the Russian invasion.

“I feel very good now,” said Mykolenko. “If the team played in Ukraine, it would be much better.

“It wasn’t such a difficult time for me. Before the war I thought my problems were the biggest and now I realize they are minor problems.

“When the war started, I would only think about my country and my team and do my best.”

Mykolenko, who joined the Toffees from Dynamo Kiev in January, is in regular contact with his family back home and is a source of relief that they are now safe.

Vitaliy Mykolenko says the war in Ukraine has made him realize that his own problems are unimportant

Vitaliy Mykolenko says the war in Ukraine has made him realize that his own problems are unimportant

“My parents now reside in Kiev and we keep in touch with them,” he said. “My friends and family are in different parts of the country and we try to keep in touch with them, but we don’t always succeed.

“But I keep in touch with them all and thank goodness they’re safe now.”

Mykolenko is still settling into life on Merseyside, a process made a little easier by Irish skipper Seamus Coleman.

During his pre-match press conference at LKS Stadium, the 23-year-old revealed the role the now-injured Coleman had played in making him feel at home during his early days in England.

The 23-year-old defender made the switch from Dynamo Kiev to Everton six months ago

The 23-year-old defender made the switch from Dynamo Kiev to Everton six months ago

Everton and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman helped Mykolenko settle in England

Everton and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman helped Mykolenko settle in England

Asked about the Irishman, he said: ‘I’ll tell you a little history. On December 31, I met this person on the first day of training.

New Year’s Eve is a really great celebration for all Ukrainians. I was alone in the hotel and he wrote me a message: ‘I will always be there for you and if you need any help write me and I will be there’.

‘All those five months he has always helped me and was there for me. He’s a great person and a great captain.”

Ukraine boss Oleksandr Petrakov has been dealing with a bug that has swept through the camp and also has doubts about Roman Yaremchuk and Eduard Sobol ahead of Wednesday’s game.

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