Ukrainian football stadium destroyed by Russian airstrike

A Ukrainian football stadium was reduced to rubble by a Russian airstrike in the northern city of Chernihiv.

Videos on the Telegram messaging service and photos on Facebook show the scale of the devastation at the city’s Olympic Sports Training Centre, home of Ukrainian Premier League club FC Desna Chernihiv.

Footage shows a once-thriving 12,060-seater stadium nearly completely destroyed by the impact of the strikes.

One of the main stands was completely destroyed, with pieces of wood and metal piled on top of each other from which the stand collapsed on itself.

A shot from the outside shows one of the main buildings blown up with hanging wires and materials and the glass windows shattered by the force of the blast.



The Chernihiv Olympic sports training center was almost completely destroyed

But the most poignant image is a panoramic view of the stadium from the pitch itself.

On what was once a verdant playing surface, there is now rubble and fragments of wood, bricks and metal strewn everywhere.

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One of the main stands collapsed in on itself under the impact of the strikes
One of the main stands collapsed in on itself under the impact of the strikes


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In the center of the terrain, it is possible to discern several mounds of earth and what appears to be a crater, presumably from where one of the airstrikes landed.

Footage from behind the main stand shows similar scenes.



The exterior of the stadium was also destroyed in the attacks
The exterior of the stadium was also destroyed in the attacks

Large holes can be seen blown into a nearby library, where books are strewn across the floor.

Another large crater, similar to those discovered following the strikes on Mariupol, separates the two sites.



A giant crater separates the stadium from a nearby church which was also totaled
A giant crater separates the stadium from a nearby church which was also totaled

FC Desna Chernihiv, the stadium’s tenants, acknowledged the explosion on their official Instagram and issued a message of defiance to the Ukrainian people.

“For the third time, the Muscovite occupiers fired on the most dangerous military infrastructure in the city – the stadium of our local team. In the photo – the consequences of the night attack,” the statement said.



The stadium is unrecognizable from what it looked like before the devastation

“But we will be able to rebuild all of this, we will only become stronger and better, and you, ‘neighbors’, will live with this all your life,” he added.

Chernihiv, which lies just over 80 meters north of the capital Kiev, has come under heavy fire in recent days and is now surrounded by Russian forces, according to reports.

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