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UPDATED: Russian Retired Gymnast Viktoria Komova Helps Children Who Were Deported From Donetsk And Luhansk To Draw Pictures For The Russian Veterans For Victory Day

  Russian former gymnast Viktoria Komova took to Instagram to announce her visit to the Ukrainian cities Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russia-b...

 


Russian former gymnast Viktoria Komova took to Instagram to announce her visit to the Ukrainian cities Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russia-backed separatists declared independence from Kyiv in 2014.

There, she along with the children, who were deported from the two Ukrainian cities, drew pictures of Victory Day, which falls on the 9th of May. The pictures will be sent to the Russian veterans.


"Today we went to see the kids from DPR and LPR. Together with them painted drawings for May 9, which we will then put in envelopes and give to our great veterans," she wrote according to Instagram Translate.



Victory day is one of the most important holidays celebrated with a military parade in Russia. It marks the Soviet’s role in defeating Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

Last week, the UK ministry of defense said that "Russia likely desires to demonstrate significant successes ahead of their annual 9th May Victory Day celebrations."

 


The US embassy reported last March that Russian forces illegally removed 2,389 Ukrainian children from Donetsk and Luhanks oblasts to Russia.

 


Last month, Komova's compatriot and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Nikita Nagornyy offered his fans to forward their gifts to the Russian soldiers, who are part of the military invasion of Ukraine.

Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials, including judges, have been banned from taking part in FIG [International Gymnastics Federation] competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions from 7 March 2022 until further notice in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which took place on Feb 24th.

Komova is the 2012 Olympic all around silver medalist, and two time World uneven bars champion (2011-2015).

She retired in 2019. She was known for her fluidity, form and old school Soviet style during her competitive career.

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Komova uploaded an Instagram post about this day.

"The Victory Day will forever remain in the history of our country and will always remind of those who stood in the way of the enemy with their breasts and defended their home, family and Motherland. On the eve of the great holiday of Victory Day, in the sanatorium. M. Gorky, where children from the Donetsk People's Republic are temporarily housed. Together with the deputies Olga Ortina, Olga Reznikova, as well as with famous artists - Vladislav Bulgakov, Anna Ovchinnikova and Victoria Yakovleva, we organized the Letter to a Veteran campaign. Children drew pictures and made postcards for our dear veterans. Together with my colleagues - members of the Sports Committee of the Youth Parliament of the Voronezh Regional Duma, on May 9, we will congratulate our beloved veterans and hand over the children's drawings."

Photo: Komova/Instagram


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