The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has planned to hold an explanatory conversation with Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who won bronze in the high jump at the Tokyo Olympics. All because of the photo with another medalist of the competition - an athlete from the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) Maria Lasitskene. This was reported by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar on Facebook.
“Athletes who represent Ukraine at international competitions must understand that the Russian-Ukrainian war continues in Ukraine and this imposes certain restrictions and responsibilities,” she wrote.
According to Malyar, adherence to sports traditions, for example - a photo of hugs with athletes-citizens of the Russian Federation, when they become prize-winners, "the enemy immediately uses as an information-psychological cannon, which demonstrates to the world that" they are not here."
The Deputy Minister also confirmed that Yaroslava Mahuchikh has the rank of junior lieutenant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which also imposes responsibility on her. So, upon the return of the girl from Japan, she will be met for an explanatory conversation.
Also, according to information from open sources, the Russian Ministry of Defense awarded Maria Lasitskene with the medal "For Military Valor". This award is given only to servicemen of the RF Armed Forces.
On Sunday, August 8, the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics took place. The Ukrainian flag was carried by Lyudmyla Luzan, who received two bronze medals.