Olympic athletes from Russia and Ukraine shared a hug after both skiers won medals in the mens aerials event on Wednesday amid ongoing tensions between the two nations.
Ukraines Oleksandr Abramenko and Russias Ilia Burov hugged each other after Abramenko won silver in the Olympic event the first medal Ukraine has won so far while Burov took home bronze, The Associated Press reported. Chinese skier Qi Guangpu won gold for the event.
On the podium, all three athletes displayed logos or flags representing their nations, according to the AP.
Im so happy for this silver and really proud of myself that Ive won the first medal for Ukraine at these Games, Abramenko said, according to the wire service. Im really happy that I made my five twists, although the landing was not really good, but enough for second place.
The embrace between the two athletes comes as tensions continue to rise between Ukraine and Russia.
President BidenJoe BidenUS could spend M monthly on testing unvaccinated federal workers: officialGOP senator opposes Biden court pick, likely blocking nomineeOvernight Energy & Environment Biden says Russia attack could spike oil pricesMOREsaid on Tuesday that 150,000 Russian troops have been amassed near Ukraine and that officials had not yet verified Russias claims that it had drawn back some of its troops.
An invasion remains distinctly possible,” Biden said in remarks on Tuesday. “Thats why Ive asked several times that all Americans in Ukraine leave now, before it is too late to leave safely.”
Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenBiden warns Putin against ‘self-inflicted wound’ on UkraineGOP senators unveil Russia sanctions bill as bipartisan talks stallOversight Republicans demand documents on Afghanistan withdrawalMOREsounded a similar note regarding Russias claims that it was pulling back troops during an interview on MSNBCs Morning Joe on Wednesday.
We continue to see critical units moving toward the border, not away from the border, Blinken said. Theres what Russia says and then theres what Russia does, and we havent seen any pullback of its forces.