: Cross-European charity cycling tour to start in Lviv

16:29 May. 13, 2016

Cross-European charity cycling tour to start in Lviv

International bicycle participants before marathon start in Lviv, 2013. (Photo from UNIAN)

Participants aim to raise funds for families of injured and fallen Ukrainian soldiers

An unprecedented cycling trip is about to begin on Saturday, May 14th. "The Ukrainians in Europe" a charity bicycle tour sets off in Lviv in Western Ukraine. The trip will cover about 10,000 km crossing 16 European countries. The event aims to draw Europe's attention towards the consequences of Russia's aggression in eastern Ukraine, as well as raise funds for those injured in the war zone.

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After leaving Lviv the cyclists will head to a Polish town of Zamość, then travel towards Warsaw and Prague. Leaving the Central European region they will further cycle to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova. Those who manage to endure the whole marathon, are expected to eventually arrive in Odesa on August 24th on the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence.

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Soldiers who served in eastern Ukraine along with amateur and professional cyclists are participating in the cross-European tour. The event is supported by Kyiv ATO veterans union, "Ukraine's friends" union, and Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

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