It happened before the match between SKA Neftyanik and Dinamo Moscow in bandy, a sport similar to ice hockey.
After Ivan Kuliak, Russian gymnast, having displayed a “Z” on equipment when he stepped on the podium at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Doha, Qatar, it was yet another expression of support for Russia that went unclear, especially on social media.
Before the bandy game (similar to ice hockey, but with 11 players on each side) between SKA Neftyanik and Dinamo Moscow, the teams lined up on the field and formed a “Z”, the letter used by the Russian army on military vehicles and which means “For victory”.
Simon Jansson, a Swedish player, opted to stay in the locker room during the aforementioned gesture. “I marked a position”, he justified.
The Russian military offensive in Ukraine has already left at least 564 dead and more than 982 injured among the civilian population and caused the flight of around 4.5 million people, including 2.5 million to neighboring countries, according to the latest UN data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by most of the international community, which responded by sending arms to Ukraine and increasing economic sanctions against Moscow.