Russia captain Artem Dzyuba retaliates in damning attack on Ukraine's Premier League stars

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Russia’s national football team captain Artem Dzyuba has launched a damning retaliation on the Premier League’s Ukrainian stars after they called him out for not taking a stance on the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe.

Dzyuba, 33, has spent his entire career in the Russian Premier League after making his debut in 2006 for Spartak Moscow.

Having made 379 appearances in the top-flight in the last 16 years, the 6ft 6in striker has scored 147 league goals to cement his status as one of Russia’s most-loved players.

This resulted in him being offered the captain’s armband for the national team, becoming a spokesperson for Valeri Karpin’s men.

But his position made him a target for Ukraine’s Premier League stars, with Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko and West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko calling him out for his stance on the ongoing conflict which continues to cloud over Ukraine’s major cities.

And the giant forward has retaliated with comments of his own in a pro-Russian stance on Instagram, which will only intensify the rivalry between the stars.

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