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Ukraine celebrates Day of Unity to show consolidation amid crisis******
People carry a giant Ukraine's national flag at a stadium to mark a "Day of Unity" in Kiev on February 16, 2022.
Ukraine on Wednesday celebrated the national Day of Unity to consolidate people amid the crisis in the country.
In a televised address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainians are different, but they all are united by the desire to live in peace, happiness and with their loved ones.
"We are all united by one desire: to live in peace, happily, as one family, with children, with parents. And we have every right to all this. Because we are at home, we are in Ukraine," Zelensky said.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Ukrainians mark the Day of Unity to show the "friends and enemies" that Ukraine is united even in hard times.
"Ukrainians have rejected their differences and are uniting in the face of possible threats. For a successful future. We know how to do it, and our unity is our best weapon," Shmyhal wrote on his official Telegram channel.
Within the framework of the celebrations, Ukrainian enthusiasts unfolded a 200-meter-long national flag at the Olympic stadium in Kiev.
The blue-and-yellow flags were waved on government buildings, private houses and cars across the country to show the unity of the people.
Children in many schools and kindergartens were asked to wear vyshyvanka, traditional Ukrainian ethnic clothing decorated with embroidery patterns.
In addition, the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry launched the Train of Unity from Ukraine's western city of Rakhiv to the eastern city of Mariupol that carried the Ukrainian flag through different regions across the country.
The ambassadors of the European Union countries laid flowers on the Wall of Remembrance in Kiev to mark the Day of Unity, showing their support for Ukraine, and paying tribute to all who have fallen in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since 2014.
Some Western media had claimed that Russia could invade Ukraine on February 16. Moscow has repeatedly denied any plans to invade Ukraine.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Olexiy Reznikov said that the situation on the Ukrainian borders remains stable.
Debut win for Xavi, while Sevilla go top, Atletico sneak win in Spain******
MADRID, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Memphis Depay's controversial penalty at the start of the second half was enough to give Xavi Hernandez a 1-0 win over Espanyol in his debut as FC Barcelona coach on Saturday night.。
Memphis scored from the spot after Leandro Cabrera was harshly adjudged to have brought him down, even though TV images showed the defender appeared to have gotten the ball.。
Xavi started with three teenagers in his side, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez and Ilias Akhomach, and in the first half there were signs that he is looking for a more aggressive style of play.。
However, Espanyol did enough to have taken at least a point from the game with Raul de Tomas twice hitting the post in the second half, while Landry Dimata missed a header that looked easier to score after an excellent cross from Wu Lei.。
The Chinese forward also went close in the last move of the game, but just couldn't get enough of his foot onto the ball for what would have been a dramatic equalizer.。
Sevilla temporarily go top of LaLiga but they will be disappointing at dropping two points at home to Alaves, whose recovery continues after a poor start to the season.。
Ivan Rakitic saved a point for Sevilla with a 92nd minute goal after Victor Laguardia's early goal and a 51st minute penalty from Joselu had looked as if they were going to give Alaves an important win.。
Lucas Ocampos scored Sevilla's opener in the 37th minute and Munir almost sneaked a late winner only to be denied by Alaves keeper Fernando Pacheco.。
Felipe's 87th minute header gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at home to Osasuna, who had made life very hard for Diego Simeone's men and hardly suffered in the game before the central defender's decisive header.。
Saturday kicked off with Celta Vigo drawing 1-1 at home to Villarreal, who have now drawn seven games this season.。
Alberto Moreno put Villarreal ahead in the 27th minute, tapping in after a terrible mistake from Celta keeper Mathias Dituro - although Dituro later kept his side in the game with a couple of important saves. Brais Mendez leveled for Celta with 15 minutes left to play after Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli failed to hold a shot from outside of the area.。
Levante remain winless all season after their 0-0 draw at home to Athletic Club on Friday night in a rain-soaked Ciudad de Valencia Stadium. Enditem。