REAL BETIS will have only 12 fans when they face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League clash on Thursday night.
The Spaniards will bravely travel to Russia in the middle of a dozen. Rising tensions with neighboring Ukraine.
L. Desmark Has reported that only a handful of loyal fans will be in attendance.
Most supporters have had their long trips postponed due to the unstable environment in the host country.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said that Russian troops are “locked and loaded” on the Ukrainian border.
While St. Petersburg is not on the Ukrainian border, travel is still not recommended.
One fan told the Spanish outlet: “We will carry the white flag in one hand and the Betis flag in the other.
“I hope that doesn’t happen.”
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On the pitch, Betis fans will be optimistic for a positive outcome.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team has had a great season, third only behind Real Madrid and their local rivals Sevilla.
Green and white are also one foot away from the Copa del Rey final.
What is happening between Russia and Ukraine?
Russia and Ukraine have been at war technically since 2014.
Ukraine was annexed by Russia until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, after which it became an independent state.
The two countries were closely linked – but Ukraine slowly began to distance itself in search of deeper ties with the West.
This open conflict began with the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 – when a coup overthrew the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych.
Vladimir Putin’s forces reacted by annexing Crimea to Ukraine – a move that was widely condemned by the West.
The conflict escalated when pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine took up arms against the state.
Russia supported the separatist forces that formed the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Putin’s forces then launched a military incursion into the area because they supported the rebels.
Russia continues to occupy Crimea – and claims to have voluntarily joined the region after the referendum.
Seven years have passed and the war in Dawn Bass has stalled.
An estimated 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including more than 3,000 civilians.
Ukraine and the rebels signed a new ceasefire in July 2020 – but clashes continue to escalate in 2021.
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