“Thirteen times champions of Ukraine, ten times the Cup winners, Champion of the 2004 CEV Cup, Lokomotiv Kharkiv is forced to announce departure from the Russian Championship”.
“With great sadness we can state that we can no longer participate in the Russian Championship. This is a very difficult decision for us but due to a political situation we have no other choice then to leave the league.”
“We will never forget what participation in the Russian Championship throughout the years ment to us. It is the strongest championship in the World and the experience which we gained in it is invaluable. Also, it’s a dream come true for any player to play in it. It has affected popularity of the volleyball in Ukraine a huge bit and forever we will remember that.”
“But today, we reserve right to focus on performance in national competitions and developing Ukranian players as Lokomotiv is main source of players for Ukrainian national team.”
“We are aware that this will affect our fans but we have no choice at the moment.”
Management, players and coaches of the VK Lokomotiv Kharkiv.
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