Arsenal keeping close eye on Ukrainian tensions ahead of Europa League

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Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the political situation in the Ukraine after Uefa confirmed their Europa League tie against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday will go ahead as planned.

Ukraine’s president has called for martial law to be imposed in the country due to escalating tensions with Russia, whose coastguards are accused of seizing three Ukrainian ships in Crimea on Sunday.

 Up to 500 Arsenal fans are expected to travel to the game, after Uefaconfirmed the match would go ahead and that “all the necessary security measures will be undertaken”

It is understood that Arsenal chiefs are keeping in close contact with Uefa, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the host club.

The FCO has established a special Arsenal section on its website to keep fans up to date with potential developments.

It stresses that while the trip should be trouble-free, fans should “be aware of the current political situation”.

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