Shakhtar to move away from conflict-ridden Donetsk

England played Ukraine at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk during Euro 2012. Credit: PA

Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from the Ukraine's conflict-ridden east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed.

The Ukraine champions were forced to move from Donetsk, which has become a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who are fighting army forces controlled by the government.

Offered a choice of four venues by European soccer governing body UEFA, Shakhtar chose to play their games at Lviv Arena, a stadium that hosted matches during the European championship in 2012.

Shakhtar opened the new season with a 2-0 win at rivals Dynamo Kiev in the Super Cup game in Lviv on Tuesday.