Ukraine’s Euro 2012 Troubles Go Topless

As if Kyiv doesn't have enough troubles related to Euro 2012...

On top of an EU foreign ministers meeting today in Brussels to consider a blocwide boycott of the European football championship to be held in Ukraine, a topless protester from the infamous Femen women's rights group slightly damaged UEFA's famous Henri Delaunay Trophy as it went on public display over the weekend in the Ukrainian capital.
 
In a statement, Femen said:

Security guards attend to the wounded trophy. It escaped with minor injuries.Security guards attend to the wounded trophy. It escaped with minor injuries.
​​Kovpachyk was arrested and is due to appear in court today on a charge of hooliganism, which carries a maximum fine of 800 hryvnias ($100) and 15 days in detention.

Femen believes the soccer tournament will encourage sex tourism.

Reuters quotes Femen activist Oleksandra Shevchenko as saying: "We came here today to stop this Euro fan lowlife from making a bordello out of Ukraine."       
 
Ukraine is co-hosting the tournament with Poland starting next month, with the final match scheduled to be held in Kyiv on July 1.

Some 1 million foreign tourists are expected in Ukraine for the championship.

The European Union is considering a boycott of the tournament due to what it considers to be the Ukrainian government's ill treatment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for abuse of office.

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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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