Everton fans to show support for Vitaliy Mykolenko ahead of Man City game after Russia invasion of Ukraine

Everton fans are set to unveil a banner of Vitaliy Mykolenko before tomorrow’s game against Manchester City.

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Everton fans are set to unveil a banner in support for Vitaliy Mykolenko before tomorrow’s game against Manchester City at Goodison Park.

Toffees have rallied behind the left-back following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Mykolenko - who comes from Cherkasy - was signed from Dynamo Kiev during the January transfer window.

Russia has launched an invasion of Mykolenko’s homeland. President Vladimir Putin sent troops across the border on Thursday.

Ukraine has said that Russian forces are now in the capital of Kiev. Many natives are now fleeing the country.

To stand with Mykolenko, Evertonians plan to unveil a banner before the Man City clash.

It will don a picture of the defender in his national team’s kit with the words ‘We Stand With Ukraine’.

On Twitter, the account for the 27 Years Campaign (@27yearsCampaign) wrote: “#WeStandWithUkraine 🟡🔵

“Big thank you to @DaffoEFC and all involved for designing this banner which will be displayed in Goodison Park against Manchester City.”

It’s also been reported that Evertonare unlikely to play their usual pre-match air raid siren before Z Cars when the two teams enter the pitch ahead of kick-off.

Man City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko is also from Ukraine. He launched an attack on Putin via social media before deleting the post.

Mykolenko took to Instagram to share his emotions about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He wrote: “I want the whole world to know that the Russian army is now killing civilians in all cities of Independent Ukraine.

“Russian media writes that they are defending Donetsk and Luhansk, but this is not true!!!! It’s hard to hear the anxious voice of my parents who are looking for an opportunity to protect themselves and help others and I can not help my parents.

“I ask the whole world to help my homeland. I am proud to be Ukrainian. Glory to Ukraine.”