With the country in turmoil, Ukraine's national soccer team says it is a symbol of the country's unity.
The Ukrainians are scheduled to face the United States in a friendly on Wednesday in Cyprus, a match moved from Kharkiv to Larnaca for security reasons.
"The national team is a symbol of unity because players come from all over Ukraine," captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk said on a wind-swept practice pitch behind the team's hotel in the coastal resort of Ayia Napa. "We're all one big family, we're all united."
Speaking ahead of the team's training session on Tuesday, Tymoshchuk said the troubles at home do weigh on players' minds.
"It's a dangerous situation," he said. "We have our families, we worry but we hope that we can keep the peace in Ukraine as quickly as possible."
Team spokesman Alexander Glyvynskyy said Wednesday's match is dedicated to the people of Ukraine under the slogan "Peace for Ukraine."
"We are not ready for war," Glyvynskyy said. "We hope that we can be good neighbors (with Russia) in the future."
Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko said the match is very important for him team to send those messages of unity back home.
"Most important is unity and concentration, it's important for all Ukrainians," Fomenko said. "I told the players to play like one unit."
Despite threats to cancel the match, Ukraine soccer association president Anatoliy Konkov said Tuesday the game would go ahead.