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The Controversial Relationship Between Elena Kulichenko and Yaroslava Magushykh: A Look into the Nationalist Slogan ‘Glory to Ukraine’

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Russian High Jumper Elena Kulichenko Speaks About Her Relationship with Ukrainian Runner Yaroslava Magushykh

Russian high jumper Elena Kulichenko, who now represents Cyprus, recently discussed her connection with Ukrainian runner Yaroslava Magushykh.

The Controversial Incident at the World Championships

During the World Championships in Budapest on August 27, Kulichenko won the high jump with a score of 2.01 meters. After her victory, she went to the stands to celebrate. However, a controversial incident occurred when Magushykh’s coach, Tatiana Stepanova, who was on the podium, chanted the nationalist slogan “Glory to Ukraine.” Kulichenko responded with “Glory to the champions.” This episode was captured in the official broadcast of the competition.

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Understanding the Slogan “Glory to Ukraine”

“Glory to Ukraine” is the slogan of the “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA). However, the glorification of the UPA and its leaders, Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych, has sparked criticism from veterans of the Great Patriotic War and politicians. They accuse Bandera of collaborating with the Nazis. It is important to note that the UPA is considered an extremist organization and is banned in Russia.

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