“During my run, I often hear more than 10 explosions which are within a 20km distance”
Mykola Plyuyko lives alone in Kyiv. Before retiring, he worked as an engineer and served in the Soviet army. He participated in 48 marathons in his lifetime. Even after the rockets have started to fly all around Kyiv, he maintained his daily running habit, although most of the people hide in bomb shelters and are afraid to go out. Just in the first two weeks of war he ran around 150 km.
“I want to show that we are a brave nation and that we aren’t afraid,” he says. “We want to be strong, not just with our minds, but with our bodies too.”
While running the man greets everyone he sees on his run in order to lift people’s spirit. “I wish them good health, hope and trust in the fight with the enemy. I tell them that we will win, that we just need to get through it.”