Sarunas Jasikevicius: “Spain must take the war in Ukraine a little more seriously”
By the Eurohoops team / [email protected]
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is at the global epicenter and Barcelona head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius has been asked to comment on the current state of events following his side’s win over MoraBanc Andorra in Spain’s Liga Endesa on Tuesday. evening.
The Lithuanian coach said he got up in the morning and the first thing he did was pick up his mobile phone, hoping Kyiv was still Ukrainian territory, as he reiterated his support for the Ukrainian people and criticized Spain’s position:
“Perhaps you don’t realize the magnitude here because you are very far away”Jasikevicius told reporters. “We have lived in this part of the world and we know what is going on. Spain and Catalonia must take this [war] a little more seriously. It has to stop now. We don’t know how far this man can go. We must help Ukrainians as much as we can. As a Lithuanian citizen, I will follow the advice of my government, putting basketball in the background if necessary”.
“It’s an old man’s ambition [Putin] and it cannot go any further. If people think that [this is distant], they are wrong, very wrong. It can escalate very quickly.”commented the Barcelona player.
“It’s already escalating to a level that we never thought we could reach in 2022. It’s happening. I’ve always been against talking about politics, I hate this part of the world. But it’s not politics, it’s a war. I think this country [Spain] needs to be a bit more assertive. I know what I’m getting into, maybe too much because it’s not my country. But as a Lithuanian, I show my full support. The truth is that there are things that make you cry when you see it on videos, when you see it on Facebook, what’s going on and how Ukrainians are holding up. Surely, when our life passes, it will be a black spot. Too bad we’re going through the pandemic and that in such a short time, which is perhaps even worse.”