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A Ukrainian biathlete won bronze at the Paralympic Winter Games just a day after his house was destroyed by Russian shelling

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Bronze medallist Dmytro Suiarko of Team Ukraine and guide Oleksandr Nikonovych celebrate during the Men’s Para Biathlon Middle Distance Vision Impaired medal ceremony at the Zhangjiakou Medals Plaza on day four of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics
Dmytro Suiarko (L) won bronze in the men’s middle distance vision impaired biathlon Tuesday.
  • Ukraine's Dmytro Suiarko won biathlon bronze at the Paralympic Winter Games on Tuesday.
  • Afterwards, he revealed that on Monday his house had been destroyed by Russian shelling.
  • "My house where I live, it was bombed and destroyed," he said.

A Ukrainian biathlete won a bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing just a day after his house was destroyed by shelling during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Dmytro Suiarko finished third in the men's middle distance vision impaired biathlon Tuesday, after which he revealed the news about his home. 

"I am happy, but you know the situation in Ukraine," he said. "Very hard concentration is needed in biathlon and I missed [shots] twice because yesterday my house where I live, it was bombed and destroyed."

It is unclear whether Suiarko's family was harmed in the attack.

According to USA Today, Suiarko lives in Chernihiv, which is around 85 miles to the north of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

The city has been the target of intense shelling for almost two weeks, with at least 22 killed in a strike last Thursday.

"I am very happy, but not 100%," the 25-year-old said. "Because in my country there is a very big situation and I want peace for Ukraine."

Ukraine swept the board in the men's middle distance vision impaired biathlon, with Suiarko's countrymen Vitaliy Lukyanenko and Anatolii Kovalevskyi winning gold and silver respectively.

Suiarko and his compatriots also dominated the sprint vision impaired event on Saturday. Lukyanenko and Suiarko again won gold and bronze, while Oleksandr Kazik took silver.

In the women's middle distance standing biathlon Tuesday, Ukraine's Iryna Bui, Oleksandra Kononova, and Liudmyla Liashenko won gold, silver, and bronze.

Ukraine's impressive form in the biathlon means the country currently sits third in the Paralympics medal table behind only China and Canada having won a total of 19 medals – six gold, eight silver, and four bronze.

Valerii Sushkevych, the president of Ukraine's Paralympic committee, said Monday that Ukraine's success in Beijing was an important statement of solidarity amid Russia's invasion. 

"Our soldiers have battles in Ukraine," Sushkevych said, according to The New York Times.

"We, the Paralympic team, have our battles in Beijing. If we did not come here, it would be like losing position, like capitulation."

He also expressed his fear for people with disabilities currently residing in Ukraine. 

"The wheelchair people cannot run from bombs," he said. "The blind people cannot run from the rockets."

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