Olympic Silver Medalist From Ukraine Hiding in Kyiv Garage

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“I plan to go to my coach, Enver Ablaev, he lives in Mukachevo, Transcarpathian area,” Abramenko mentioned. “I am going by automobile, I take important issues with me, meals, and my Olympic medals.”

Past his newly minted silver medal, Abramenko received a gold medal in 2018.

The small world of aerials is attempting to supply consolation. Athletes from Switzerland, together with the previous Olympic freestyle skier Andreas Isoz, have been elevating funds and deliberate to go this weekend to Mukachevo, or as shut as they may get close to the Ukrainian border, handy off provides.

Abramenko is just not positive what the approaching days will deliver. He’s fearful for his mother and father, who stay in Mykolaiv, a port metropolis on the Black Sea the place Abramenko was raised. It sits between the occupied metropolis of Kherson and Odessa, anticipated to be a key goal of the Russians.

“Preventing is already underway in Nikolaev,” Abramenko wrote, utilizing an alternate spelling for town. “My mother and father are sitting at residence and listening to explosions. It’s harmful to go away Nikolaev in the intervening time, they need to be there. Would possibly be capable to depart later.”

Abramenko’s quest is to get to Mukachevo “to consider my subsequent steps.” He’s not sure if his spouse and son will head throughout the border as refugees, like greater than 1,000,000 different Ukrainians. He simply is aware of that, like all males his age, he can’t depart Ukraine.

“I don’t know if I’ll go to battle or not, I don’t know what course of the blokes who’re being known as up are going by,” he wrote. “In the intervening time, our military is totally dealing with the offensives of Russian troopers and tools.”

After a few hours of sporadic messaging, the replies from Abramenko in Kyiv stopped. It was near midnight there.

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