War in Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk declared first in the Ukrainian Championship … but not the champion

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The leader of the championship at the start of the war in Ukraine, Shakhtar Donetsk, has been declared first in the final classification of the Ukrainian Premier League, but is not the champion, the season not reaching its end.

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It is now two months since the war in Ukraine began. One of the consequences of the Russian offensive in the sporting world is the stopping of the local football championship on the 18th day. Likely to return to normalcy before May, the UAF (Ukrainian Football Federation) and UPL (Ukrainian First Division) would have decided on the championship, according to Ukrainian journalist Igor Barabas.

The situation would remain stable, so Shakhtar would qualify for the Donetsk Champions League but would not be declared champion as the championship could not be finished. This decision is mainly taken to allocate European places. As a result, runner-up Dynamo Kyiv will join Shekhar in the Champions League preliminary round. Dnipro-1 will be parachuted into the Europa League, a great sporting renaissance for the city of Dnipropetrovsk, the orphans of FK Dnipro, finalists of this competition in 2015 and missing in 2019.

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a unanimous decision

For the bottom half of the table, teams not belonging to potential relegation will play in the second tier of Ukrainian football. Yet according to Igor Barabas, some First Division teams should nevertheless go out of business and thus vacate places in the Ukrainian Premier League.

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The names of the promoted clubs are expected to be revealed on 25 May. Another concern of the UAF is that the Ukrainian Cup should be cancelled. All these decisions were voted unanimously by all 16 Ukrainian First Division clubs.

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