The 32-year-old, who has been capped over 100 times by the Blue and Yellow, has been granted a spell of absence
West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko has been handed compassionate leave amid the ongoing Ukraine crisis, with manager David Moyes adding that the club have offered their full support to the 32-year-old.
The Hammers winger, who is the third most-capped mens player in Ukraines history, made his name at Dynamo Kyiv and spent most of his professional career there before joining Borussia Dortmund and then the Irons.
In the wake of Russias invasion this week, Moyes has now confirmed that Yarmolenko requested and has been granted a period of leave from duties on compassionate grounds.
“He’s not in a really good position at the moment, I’ve got to say,” the Scotsman noted in a club statement. “We’ve given him a few days off and that’s totally understandable.
“It’s very difficult but I’ve asked him if there is anything we can do for him and if there is, we’ll certainly help him. He’s asked if he can have a few days off now and we’ve certainly granted him that. It’s a really difficult time for him and his family and we respect that.
“I spoke with him on Thursday at the training ground and he was upset, which you can imagine and rightly so, so we just hope everything goes well and all his family members keep safe.”
Elsewhere, the former Everton and Manchester United coach further condemned the actions of Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, and admitted that it was a topic that had proven rightfully difficult to ignore at the club.
“I think the whole world is thinking and talking about it, aren’t we?” he added. “We’re all deeply saddened by the actions and we’re all desperately hoping there are no deaths, but we know there already has been.
“We’re really saddened by it. We’ve just come out of the pandemic and the last thing we need is to have anything that goes close to the word ‘war’. We really don’t want that at all.”