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Champions League side Shakhtar Donetsk to make Lviv temporary home to avoid conflict in Ukraine

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Shakhtar Donetsk will play home games more than 600 miles to the west in Lviv because of the conflict in Ukraine, with the City under Pro-Russian rebels control.

The Pro Russian rebel separatists are currently battling Ukraine's military as they look to keep control of Donetsk, which is the largest city held by non government forces.

The conflict has already led to siix foreign players refused to return to Donetsk on Saturday after a friendly in France- Alex Teixeira, Fred, Dentinho, Douglas Costa, Facundo Ferreyra and Ismaily did not fly back after the game in Lyon.  

Club president Rinat Akhmetov had suggested the six absent players, five of them from Brazil with Ferreyra hailing from Argentina, were using the conflict to agitate for a move elsewhere.

He had warned they faced sanctions if they did not return, saying there was "nothing to fear".

Shakhtar beat Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in Lviv, in western Ukraine, in the season-opening Ukrainian Supercup on Tuesday night.

Coach Mircea Lucescu revealed after the match it would become their temporary home.

"The team liked the city and the atmosphere here was great," Lucescu said.

The Arena Lviv was one of the eight venues used during Euro 2012 and has been the home of Ukrainian Premier League side FC Karpaty Lviv since December 2011.

The squad will now reside and train in Kiev and travel to the Arena Lviv for Champions League and domestic games.

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