Burning Bridges: Rival Soccer Fans Urge Ukraine Unity

Image: Ukrainian soccer fans light flares on a bridge across the Dnieper River in Kiev
Ukrainian soccer fans from six rival teams light flares on a bridge across the Dnieper River in Kiev on May 18, 2014.Reuters

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Rival Ukrainian soccer fans representing the north, south, east and west of a fractured nation came together in Kiev Sunday to demonstrate their desire for the country to remain united.

Around 2,000 supporters of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Dynamo Kiev, Chornomorets Odessa, Vorskla Poltava, Metalist Kharkiv and Zarya Luhansk lit flares on a bridge across the Dnieper River after their teams' matches.

Soccer fans light flares in support of a united Ukraine after scaling a bridge across the Dnieper River in Kiev on May 18, 2014.IREN MOROZ / EPA