As Russia began a full-scale invasion on his homeland, Manchester City’s Ukrainian defender uploaded a photo of Putin with the caption: ‘I hope you die the most painful suffering death, creature,’ 

Zinchenko’s quickly removed post was subsequently said to have vanished without his knowledge. Instagram told Sportsmail that they are investigating the allegations.

On Thursday night, Zinchenko joined a group of Ukrainian demonstrators outside Manchester Central Library.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old said he ‘can’t stand by’ while ‘the entire civilised world is concerned about my nation,’ and he took to social media again on Thursday morning.

After Putin personally gave the command for his soldiers to attack, Russia started an all-out war on Ukraine with missiles and bombs, tanks rolling across the border from Belarus, troops parachuted down on eastern districts, and explosions seen across the country.

‘Hundreds’ of Ukrainian troops were slain in the early engagements, according to Kiev, when the fight came at them from all sides at once. From east to west, cruise missiles, guided bombs, and GRAD rockets targeted airfields, military bases, ammo dumps, and command posts.

It happened after Putin delivered an astonishing early-morning message to the Russian people, delivered during a United Nations summit aimed at preventing conflict.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also delivered a terrifying warning to any country considering assisting Ukraine, threatening ‘consequences greater than any you have faced in history.’