Spain’s Luis Cortes, coach of the Ukrainian women’s football team and former women’s coach of FC Barcelona, together with his partner Jordi Escora, the team’s physical coach, managed to cross the border with Poland on Saturday.
Curtis and Skora set off from Lviv in western Ukraine, arriving after a 19-hour road trip from Kiev. They arrived at the Premiser station (Poland) this morning.
“Finally, we are in a safe zone after 55 hours since we left Kiev,” reported the technician from Lleida on his Twitter account, who upon arrival at the border with Poland received the following message in English on his mobile phone: “If you were to escape the armed conflict with Ukraine, You will be accepted into Poland.”
Cortes and Escora, both residents of Spain, arrived in Kiev last Wednesday to settle a banking deal just hours before Russia launched a large-scale military operation against Ukraine.
After consulting with the Spanish embassy, both on Thursday made a road trip from the Ukrainian capital to the west of the country thanks to a truck provided by the Ukrainian Football Association.
Luis Cortes coached the Barcelona women’s team until last summer, when he left FC Barcelona after winning the La Reina Cup, La Liga and the Champions League. After her successful performance, last November she agreed to take charge of the Ukrainian women’s team.