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Russia-Ukraine war: Olympian Stanislav Horuna joins Ukrainian navy work, asks for aid amid invasion


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Olympic bronze medalist Stanislav Horuna celebrated his 32nd birthday Tuesday pleading for assist as Russia ongoing its attacks on Ukraine nearly a week right after launching an invasion. 

Horuna, who represented his state for the duration of the 2020 Summer time Olympics in Tokyo in the men’s karate Kumite occasion, joined the Ukrainian Army and has utilized his social media system to deliver consideration to Russia’s assaults led by President Vladimir Putin.

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“Hello there my friends. It is the first of March, and today is my birthday,” Horuna claimed in a online video posted to Instagram. “Just in situation, if you wanted to make me a birthday present, superior [to] deliver [that money] as a donation to assist the Ukrainian Army and mention Ukraine in your social media.”

Bronze medalist Stanislav Horuna of Team Ukraine poses with the bronze medal for the Men’s Karate Kumite at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Nippon Budokan in August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. 

Bronze medalist Stanislav Horuna of Team Ukraine poses with the bronze medal for the Men’s Karate Kumite at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games at Nippon Budokan in August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. 
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“Thank you. Stand with Ukraine,” he said, dressed in whole armed service gear. 

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Horuna has demonstrated the severe realities of the war on Ukraine using his social media. He posted what appeared to be the remains of a Russian military services vehicle on Tuesday with the caption, “We struggle back … We will get rid of every single occupant who invades,” in accordance to Yahoo Athletics

Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine reacts in his men's 75kg karate Group B match during Day 10 of the second European Games at Chizhovka Arena June 30, 2019, in Minsk, Belarus. 

Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine reacts in his men’s 75kg karate Team B match all through Day 10 of the second European Game titles at Chizhovka Arena June 30, 2019, in Minsk, Belarus. 
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On Wednesday, he posted films to his Instagram Story of Ukrainian civilians appearing to make Molotov cocktails. Even young children were being pictured helping. 

“This is Ukraine! We unite and assistance every single other,” he wrote. “Even if we have to make bombs.” 

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Other Ukrainian athletes have joined the armed forces energy, most notably boxing champions Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko, who is the mayor of Kyiv. 

Former Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko (right) greets a staff member after he registered as a volunteer during a visit to a volunteers recruitment center in Kiev Feb. 2, 2022. 

Previous Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko (ideal) greets a team member after he registered as a volunteer through a stop by to a volunteers recruitment middle in Kiev Feb. 2, 2022. 
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“It is the like, the like for my city, my household, my family, my neighbors, my daughter that has introduced me listed here right now, that I took this initiative and am now having portion in this territorial protection,” Wladimir Klitschko reported previously this month when he enlisted in Ukraine’s reserve army.

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