Liverpool flop admits he’d "have a gun in his hand" if he was in native Ukraine

Former Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin has spoken about the situation he found himself in after Russia invaded Ukraine last week.

Voronin, who made 75 appearances for the Ukraine national team and spent three years at Anfield, was working as an assistant at Dynamo Moscow when Vladimir Putin announced his assault on his homeland.

The 42-year-old coach had little choice but to flee Moscow and return to Germany, where he has spoken out about his ordeal and how he would probably have a gun in his hand if he were back in his native Ukraine.

"I have friends in Kharkov, in Kyiv, in my hometown of Odessa," Voronin told German newspaper Bild. "I get messages every five minutes.

"It’s hard to bear. I just want to help. With money. Whatever… and I don’t know if I should say it: But if I were in Ukraine right now, I’d probably have a gun in my hand too."

At the start of the interview, Voronin revealed how he escaped the Russian capital before it was too late, saying: "We got out of Moscow before it was completely blocked."

"We couldn’t land in Dusseldorf so we flew via Amsterdam. My father, my mother-in-law, my wife and children are here now.

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"I’ve been unwell for four days. Really bad. When I see all the pictures from my homeland, when I see the news. It’s all as unreal as a movie. But a horror film. I hardly have any words left."

Urging Germany, the country where he spent the vast majority of his playing career, to help his fellow countrymen, Voronin added: "Stop that son of a b**** Putin, help the refugees. And send weapons so we can defend ourselves.

“I’m so proud of our country. We have beautiful cities, great people. We will keep fighting. And we will win. But the price is so high.

"All the dead… we live in the year 2022 and not in WWII."

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