“You may see the concern” – Viv Solomon-Otabor opens up on experiences after fleeing Ukraine

An English footballer enjoying out in Ukraine has spoken of the chaotic scenes as folks tried to flee the nation amid the invasion by Russia.

Viv Solomon-Otabor solely joined Ukrainian high flight facet FC Rukh Lviv in January and has but to make an look for his new facet.

However that wait will now go on after the season’s proposed restart following the winter break was prolonged because of the ongoing conflicts. Ukranians are desperately attempting to flee the nation and transfer away from particular areas which can be being focused by Russia.

Solomon-Otabor has since managed to get out of Ukraine however has spoken to Sky Sports activities Information about his issues for these left behind.

Viv Solomon-Otabor is now again within the UK, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The 26-year-old described the manic scenes, saying: “There was simply lots of vehicles, lots of people, lots of lorries.

“They have been clearly attempting to get again. Some acquired informed to show round which was not good to see.

“There was lots of vehicles. All people was simply calm however you would see the concern of their faces.

“You may see that concern as they have been attempting to get out.”

Solomon-Otabor progressed by means of the ranks at Birmingham Metropolis and went on to make 33 league appearances for the Blues earlier than he left in 2019, becoming a member of Bulgarian facet CSKA Sofia.

He returned to England in 2020, signing a take care of Wigan Athletic earlier than shifting to Scottish outfit St Johnstone on a short-term contract final November.

He joined Lviv in January and upon arriving he posted on Instagram, saying: “My time at St Johnstone was a brief one, nonetheless, it supplied an opportunity to regain full health and get again to hurry.

“I wish to say a giant thanks to everybody on the membership, for his or her love and help. I’m very enthusiastic about this subsequent chapter in my life.

“It’s time to get again to what I like doing finest, which definitely is soccer.

“I’ve missed practically a 12 months of soccer resulting from accidents however that’s up to now now and it’s time to look forward.

“Joyful to signal for Ukrainian Premier league Aspect Lviv. God is sweet. It solely will get higher from right here on.”

Solomon-Otabor’s compatriot Kadeem Harris spoke earlier this week, earlier than the conflicts started in Ukraine.

Kadeem Harris (proper) joined Ukrainian facet Metalist Kharkiv final summer season

Harris, a former winger for Cardiff Metropolis and Sheffield Wednesday, joined Metalist Kharkiv in the summertime and has taken to his new environment nicely.

However talking earlier this week the 28-year-old, whose household remains to be again within the UK, admitted to having severe issues in regards to the scenario.

He stated: “For myself and my household it’s positively one thing to consider. Nobody needs their son or companion in the course of a disaster or a warfare. They’re frightened.

“However I hold having to reassure them from my finish. I hold attempting to reassure my household. It’s a little bit of a worrying time.”

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