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Vitalii Mykolenko says football is providing an invaluable haven from the ongoing conflict in the Everton player’s home country of Ukraine.
Left-back Mykolenko moved to Goodison Park at the beginning of 2022, one month before the Russian invasion of his homeland.
The player is in daily contact with family in Kyiv and constantly following news reports from Ukraine.
Mykolenko is readying himself for a first meeting with former club Dynamo Kyiv in Friday’s Match For Peace at Goodison Park.
The charity fundraiser will directly support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, following the Russian invasion earlier this year.
Talking ahead of the fixture, he admitted to experiencing butterflies ahead of the encounter...
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