The Independent: Ukraine hero Andrei Shevchenko now committed to the game of politics

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Sept. 10, 2012, 4:06 p.m. | Politics — by The Independent

English defender John Terry is congratulated by Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko (L) after the Euro 2012 football championships match England vs Ukraine on June 19, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

The Ukraine legend will not face England tomorrow having retired to focus on bettering, not his country's football results, but the lives of its citizens.

The last we saw of Andrei Shevchenko was back at the Donbass Arena in June. After his two headers helped Ukraine past Sweden, Shevchenko's Ukraine went down 1-0 to England despite having a perfectly good goal not given. England progressed to the usual penalty misery while Ukraine went crashing out, and for Shevchenko his substitute appearance against England in the European Championship proved to be the last act in an illustrious career that has seen him win the Champions League and the title European Footballer of the Year, among other accolades.

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Mykhayl Sept. 11, 2012, 2:23 a.m.    

Слава Ісусу Христу!

If he can stay focused on politics as he did on a game,
he'll be OK. Just being from the Donbass wouldn't
get him any special privileges from the Mafia. The
Donets’k University still does not carry the name of Vasyl Stus,
but there is a Shevchenko Park next to the Library.

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elmer-елмер Sept. 11, 2012, 8:24 a.m.    

The English understand Zookraine better than Sheva does.

The English understand Zookraine better than Zookrainians do.

Are Zookrainians nice people? No - the sovoks made them stupid and dysfunctional. Thus, an absolutely hideous pretense of "government" is headed by an imbecile, yanusvoloch, who in turn is propped up by mafiosi like Firtash, Akhmetov and others who have absolutely except in continuing to make themselves wealthy through the abuse of government in Zookraine.

What does Sheva have to offer?

Here it is;

"Shevchenko comes across as affable and intelligent, but when it comes to the nitty gritty of his political programme, and that of his party, he is indeed strangely vague. "The main thing to focus on is the economy," he says. What, exactly, would that mean? Small businesses should be able to flourish and corruption should be reduced, he says. A lot of people have said the same thing and produced little; what does he plan to do differently? "Well, we need to develop a whole programme," he says. "I'm not so strong in economics, but it's obviously a problem."

Where he thinks he could help most is in the development of sport in the country. He says that sport and physical education in schools has been neglected, with the result that 70 per cent of young children are basically unfit. "It's a catastrophic situation and we need to develop a proper programme to tackle it," he says, again somewhat vaguely."

Sooo - Zookraine is a sovok mafia state. It is literally infested by sovok vampires. It has a stalinist show trial system of "justice," it has huge poverty, it has a pretense of "government", corruption permeates from top to bottom, there are no opportunities for young people - it has huge problems.

What is Sheva's solution?

Play sports.

How utterly tragic and sad.

Which is exaclty the problem with Korolevska, and Zookraine in general.

Lack of brains, lack of honesty, lack of common sense, lack of ability, lack of efficiency.

Bizarro, bass ackwards Zookraine.

Sheva, can't you do any better?

Seriously - you give 10 million hryvnia, supposedly, to Korolevska's party - FOR WHAT?

To play more sports?

Goddamn it Sheva, can't you do any better?

seig heil der fuhrer governor yanusvoloch

meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow

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