FC Shakhtar Donetsk is moving its home games to Lviv

24 July 2014 08:20
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Ukrainian FC Shakhtar Donetsk has announced that it is moving its home games to western city of Lviv due to the military conflict in its native Donetsk region.

Team coach Mircea Lucescu made the announcement on the Shakhtar Donetsk website.

Lucescu wrote that "we'll train and reside in Kyiv, and Arena Lviv will be our home."

The western city of Lviv is some 1,000 kilometers from Donetsk city.

The announcement came shortly after Shakhtar won the Ukrainian Super Cup in Lviv, defeating Dynamo Kyiv 2-0.

Shakhtar won the game without six of its star South American players, who have refused to report for duty with the team, citing safety reasons.

Donetsk is a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and is currently a battleground area as Ukrainian forces try to recapture the region.