Euro 2016: Wales keen to play Ukraine friendly in March

George Williams fires a shot away against the Netherlands
A weakened Wales lost to the Netherlands in their first Euro 2016 warm-up match

Wales believe a friendly with Ukraine would be the perfect preparation for the Euro 2016 tie with Russia.

Discussions have taken place over the prospect of arranging a match in Kiev next March.

"We're hoping that will be one of the [friendly] games," said Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts.

"It's quite obvious to see the similarities with Russia so we're trying to mirror the games in the tournament with the preparation games."

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The fixture has an obvious attraction for Ukraine too, given they will face Northern Ireland in Group C in France next summer.

Russia will be Wales' final Group B opponents in Euro 2016 on 20 June in Toulouse, following games against Slovakia (11 June) and England (16 June).

Wales' preparations for the finals began with a 3-2 loss to the Netherlands at Cardiff City Stadium in November.

There are two friendly dates designated in March, with a final warm-up match likely to be staged at the end of May, preferably at home.

Ukraine booked their place in the finals by beating Slovenia in the play-offs. They finished third in their group behind Spain and Slovakia.

"It's important that the friendly games are a useful exercise for us in preparation for the summer," added Roberts on BBC Radio Wales.

"Ukraine would be a perfect preparation game for us, no doubt about that."

Wales and Ukraine have met twice before in 2001, with both games ending 1-1 during the 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Ukraine celebrate their Euro 2016 play-off win over Slovenia
Ukraine celebrate their Euro 2016 play-off win over Slovenia

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