Former champion belt holder in three versions in lightweight Vasily Lomachenko spoke about the Russian-Ukrainian war.
“I never believed that I would survive the war during my lifetime. This is terrible. It’s very terrible. When the war started, I was in Greece. I couldn’t go home because all flights were cancelled. It was a very long journey. I flew to Romania, after that I went by car to the river, got on a boat and returned home.
It was the second day of the war. The next morning I went to the military, received weapons, clothes and began to prepare for war. For myself, I realized that I could not leave the house, my country. You just forget about your goals, your dreams.
Your mind is focused on the family, on the people around you. In order to save life. No one understands this until they have gone through it themselves. It’s very hard when you go to bed and hear sirens, you run to the basement. And no one knows how long it will take to be there. This moment changes our life in the country. When you are an adult, you understand this situation, you can adapt to the war. But children…
For the first two or three months, a large number of cities and towns in our country were captured. And there was no understanding of what would happen next. But the moment came when the situation seemed to begin to clear up, our military managed to recapture the territories. We went on the offensive. Then it became clear that everything should work out well,” Lomachenko said.