UEFA has sanctioned four Ukrainian cities to host matches at Euro 2012 - but warned work still needs to be done. Friday's announcement confirmed Kiev as the venue of the final of Euro 2012, and gave the go-ahead for the cities of Donetsk, Lviv and Kharkiv to host group-stage matches.
Ukraine was earlier this year set a deadline of November 30 by UEFA to address "important shortcomings" in their infrastructure and prove they are capable of co-hosting the tournament with Poland.
"After careful consideration of the documents and guarantees submitted to UEFA by the Ukrainian Government and the cities of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Lviv during the last couple of months... the UEFA Executive Committee took the following decisions... to confirm Kiev as the venue of the final match of Euro 2012... to confirm Donetsk and Lviv, and to appoint Kharkiv as host cities for group matches," a UEFA statement read.
"The UEFA Executive Committee specifically noted, however, that there is still a huge amount of work that must be undertaken by all host cities and the Government of Ukraine to guarantee the full and proper implementation of the tournament requirements for Euro 2012 matches.
"To this effect, UEFA will continue to closely monitor the state of infrastructure and operational preparations in the two host countries.
"A decision regarding the match schedule for Euro 2012 and the appointment of the host cities staging the other knockout matches will be taken at a later stage."
The Polish cities of Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw are set to be the other host venues at the tournament, which will take place from June 9 to July 1, 2012.