No 23 (in a series of several): FC Start Memorial
This monument stands outside the Dynamo Stadium in Kiev and commemorates the lives of four Ukranian footballers who were executed by the Germans during World War II.
Ivan Kuzmenko, Mykola Trusevich, Olexiy Klimenko and Mykola Korotkikh were all members of FC Start a team formed during the Nazi occupation primarily with players from Dynamo Kiev. Dynamo, prior to the outbreak of hostilities, and with the backing of the Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs, were considered a major power in world football.
Matches against teams Ukrainian nationalists, Hungarians and Rumanians were arranged by the Nazi with the express intent of humiliating the FC Start side – poor diets, amongst other things, had left a number of the players in poor health – and with it Communist ideology.
This backfired spectacularly as results went in favour of FC Start and morale amongst the local population soared as they followed the exploits of their new team. Only one thing for the Germans to do and that was arrange for FC Start to take on the crack Luftwaffe side Flakelf. But, not only did FC Start win the first game, but also a rematch. Flakelf were humiliated.
Four players from the FC Start side were later rounded up and sent to a detention camp from which they disappeared, believed executed.
Picture from here.