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Drop down and push up – PushUpChallenge in Ukraine
18:56, 23 January 2017
Drop down and push up – PushUpChallenge in Ukraine

A flashmob to draw attention to the problem of posttraumatic and suicide syndrome  among military persons

18:56, 23 January 2017

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Ukrainian Facebook is stuffed with videos of pushups in January: state officials, military men, sportspeople are taking part in PushupChallenge – a flashmob, initiated by the US marine Andrew Nguyen, a founder of a number of veteran organizations, in 2013. The 2013 research showed that 22 veterans commit suicide in the USA every day. 7403 US veterans committed suicide in 2014 in the country.

The aim of the flashmob is to go up to 22 million pushups in tote.

“Help us reach our goal of 22 million pushups to pay the tribute to those, who serves, and to increase the awareness on veterans suicide prevention with the help of education and expanding rights and possibilities,” it is explained.

The key point of the flashmob is to perform 22 pushups during 22 days in a row. However, the rules are sketchy. One can do as much pushups within their reach. All pushups count – knee, wall and table pushups.

Then, one needs to post the video in social networks and tag a friend to pass the challenge to.

Ukrainian volunteer Oleksiy Mochanov initiated this flashmob in Ukraine. Besides, the issue of psychological rehab of the military men is of current relevancy.

Many state officials and public persons have already joined the movement.

Oleksiy Mochanov, Ukrainia volunteer, former car-racer

Cimic Mariupol, a civil organization for civil-military cooperation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Zoryan Shkiryak, adviser to the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov

Mykola Chechotkin, the Head of the State Emergency Situations Service

Yevhen Nyshchuk, Minister of Culture

Generals of the National Guard of Ukraine, challenging the State Border Guard Service

Oleksandr Volodymyrovych ShovkovskiyUkrainian retired Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper

Zhytomyr landing forces command

All 28 patrol police departments supported the initiative

Serhiy Romanovskiy, command of the 80th assault airborne brigade, who lost his leg during the battles in Donbas

Many girls join the trend.

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