Darijo Srna: I appeal to everyone who can bring peace

As we approach the New Year’s Eve, Shakhtar captain takes the floor.

- Dear supporters, I never thought that I would extend my New Year greetings to you for the second time in a row from Kyiv. Instead of Donetsk... Not a single day passes without the team remembering Donbas and their fans as we talk about you both in our theory sessions and on the bus, as well as in the dressing room. Well, we are currently far away from our home city. But I want you to know this: every time we take to the pitch, the team play just for you - for those people who remain in their heart with Shakhtar even under shelling! I am bowing my head to your devotion and loyalty.

The year 2016 is coming in a few hours. It will be a landmark year for our club since Shakhtar turns 80. I do not know whether we will mark this occasion at the Donbass Arena or not, but I really want it!

I wish the Shakhtar president, our entire coaching staff, players and employees a Happy New Year. I extend my greetings to the volunteers working at the Humanitarian Centre as they are true heroes! And, of course, I want to personally wish a Happy New Year to every fan of Shakhtar. Happy New Year, my fellow countrymen! I wish you sound health, optimism and only positive emotions in the year 2016!

I appeal to everyone who can bring peace to our homeland: please do everything possible to bring joy and well-being back to the homes. We lack peace!

Your Darijo Srna