Vladyslav Heraskevych, a 23-year-old Ukrainian, warned the sports world last February during the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing by waving a sign to ask for peace in his country since it was occupied by the Russian army. Asked by the RMC on Sunday, the skeleton expert described the situation on the spot, fleeing from Kiev to join Zhytomyr.
In a matter of weeks, Vladyslav Heraskevych went to war in his home country of Ukraine, occupied by Russian troops from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The 23-year-old man, the first Ukrainian athlete to compete in skeleton racing at the Olympics, distinguished himself by holding a sign.
“There is no war in Ukraine” launched Vladyslav Heraskevich on February 11, a few days before Vladimir Putin decided to send armed forces to Ukraine, and especially to Kiev. “Like every normal person, I don’t want war, I want peace in my country,” justifying the Ukrainian representative who was complaining about the “tense situation” in his country at the time.
“If I put it that way, I met the war in Kiev. We woke up under the bombardments, this Sunday we trusted Vladyslav Heraskevych to the antenna of the RMC. On the first day, I had to help a member of my family. He is studying in the capital. He wanted to join his family, help him leave Kiev had to be done.”
“All Ukraine is Burning”
A few days after the beginning of the armed conflict, Vladyslav Heraskevich fled Kiev to join his father in Zhytomyr. “I’m still there, we’ve been there since the third day of the war. My feelings at that time are probably easily understood by the French. We can compare it to the fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral. Today, that’s all. Our Lady-like and burning Ukraine,” said Heraskevych. the attackers are the Russians and Belarusians. We tell ourselves that we can no longer save those who have burned. We must minimize the damage and save everything that can happen. “
Although Vladyslav Heraskevich initially had the idea to take up arms, he eventually changed his mind. “I’ve always wanted to take up arms, but today there is no place in the ground forces. That’s the primary reason. Then I’m an athlete, not a professional soldier. I try to contribute as much as I can,” vindicated the skeleton athlete.
“We believe in our victory”
Vladyslav Heraskevich, who finally finished 18th in his skeleton event last February, is once again calling for peace in his country and demanding real sanctions against Russia and Belarus. “From the very beginning, we started to act in the direction of sports bans against Russians. We wrote letters to the authorities demanding that these countries be removed from all international competitions. There is no good for now. Vladyslav Heraskevych, news, but we, the athletes of these two countries, can help solve this situation even if they perceive it as propaganda. “We believe it will happen, but they must understand that they represent a country that is leading such actions in Ukraine. It will have an impact on Russian athletes and people who will condemn this attack in Ukraine.”
Vladyslav Heraskevic, who hopes to quickly find his professional athlete career, said, “We believe in our victory with the support of the whole world. But Ukraine is our country, our land, until then we will fight until the end.”