A Manchester United fan who created a fan group has been tragically killed in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Oleksandr Kukin founded the United fan group Kyiv Reds in the Ukrainian capital in 2002. Kukin was attempting to help his family flee Kyiv earlier this month when his car came under artillery fire – killing him and injuring his family.
Kukin's wife and daughter both suffered injuries as a result of the artillery fire, and both were taken to hospital where they were operated on. Tributes have poured out for the Red Devils fan since the news of his death.
Manchester United said: "Manchester United is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Oleksandr Kukin, one of the founding members of the Kyiv Reds supporters' club.
“A statement by the Kyiv Reds on Monday confirmed that the much-admired United fan had been killed after his car was shot at by opposition forces.
“His wife and daughter survived the tragedy, and have since undergone operations in hospital. We send our heartfelt condolences for their loss and best wishes for their recovery, as they attempt to deal with these awful events."
The Kyiv reds confirmed he had died: “Oleksandr Kukin, one of the founders of the Kyiv Reds passed away tragically on the 3rd March 2022. Back in 2002, twenty years ago, Oleksandr started Manchester United supporters movement in Kyiv.
“Later he refocused on his family and could not dedicate all his time to our supporters club, but has often frequently joined us at Bestia Pub to enjoy the Red Devils play."
They added: "During his funeral, family placed a band with Manchester United logo in his coffin, they all knew how much he loved our club.
"As the famous United chant goes: 'Going on up to the spirit in the sky, it's where I'm gonna go when I die, when I die and they lay me to rest, I'm gonna go on the p*** with Georgie Best…' You will always be remembered, my friend!”
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