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Ukraine crisis: Shakhtar Donetsk face up to conflict

Ukraine's football champions have had to flee their home at the centre of the conflict in the east of the country.

Shakhtar Donetsk are normally based in Donetsk, the biggest city held by pro-Russian separatists.

The separatists took control of the city in April and have been battling Ukrainian forces ever since.

Despite the turmoil, Shakhtar have qualified for the knockout stages of the Uefa Champions League and face the prospect of taking on one of Europe's biggest clubs, Bayern Munich, in the last 16.

The club has to play home games 600 miles (966 km) away from its normal home at the Donbass Arena, in the western city of Lviv.

The BBC Russian Service's Rafael Saakov reports from Lviv.

  • 26 Dec 2014
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