DNR again closed the border with Ukraine :: Politics :: RBC

The self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND) has stopped working checkpoint with Ukraine, says the decree of the President of the Republic Denis Pushilin.

In accordance with the decree from 28 June suspended the effect of clauses 8.2 and 8.3 of the decree No. 57 of 14 March 2020, in which said entry and exit on exit to Ukraine via PPC “Olenivka”.

Kiev said about the intention to liquidate the administration of the DNI and LC

In March, DNR has closed the border crossing points with Ukraine due to the coronavirus. In turn, the Ukrainian authorities announced the closure of crossings on the border with the DPR and LPR on March 13, also due to pandemic coronavirus infection.


Kiev said about the “artificial ventilation” agreements for Donbass :: Policy :: RBC

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers that to seek the return of Donbass in Kiev succeed in using diplomacy offensive

Dmitry Kuleba

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The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba in interview to Agency “UKRINFORM”, said that the Minsk agreements on the situation in the Donbas there are still, however, hold only in foreign guarantees.

“I would say that the “Minsk” has not died, but Ukraine keeps it on the German-French ventilator. Sorry for black humor.” — said the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry.

According to him, Kiev is using the method “offensive diplomacy”, constantly imposing their agenda and forcing Russia to respond. “This, in our opinion, the only way to create a situation when Russia eventually will be forced to take on the form factor, because she is also not acting in isolation, and its arguments that Ukraine is not constructive, does not want to settle and violated “Minsk” look simply absurd, not in themselves, but on the background of how we operate,” — said Kuleba.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine called the Minsk agreement is legally worthless

The Minister also noted that the main issue in the negotiations with Russia is the question of on what terms-controlled militia districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions will return to the Ukraine.


Putin and Merkel discussed the coronavirus and the situation in Ukraine :: Politics :: RBC

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a telephone conversation. This is stated on the Kremlin website.

“The leaders continued exchanging views on the situation in the context of the settlement of domestic conflict”, — is spoken in the message. Putin and Merkel expressed concern over the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements in 2015 and the decisions of the “Normandy four” summit in Paris in 2019. The parties also noted the importance of intensification of the negotiation process in the contact group and in the “channel format”. Putin in the course of conversation stressed the desirability of establishing a direct dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk.

The parties also discussed the fight against the pandemic coronavirus, the escalation of hostilities in Libya and the situation in Syria.

It is noted that the conversation took place on the initiative of the German side.

On 2 June the head of Ukraine’s foreign Ministry announced the talks between the foreign Ministers of the countries “Norman Quartet.”


Financial markets fall due to concerns over new wave of coronavirus

Financial markets are on the decline on Monday due to investors worrying about reports of repeated outbreaks of coronavirus that could slow down or cancel quarantine removal.

The day began with positive dynamics in Asia, where further relaxation of quarantine measures is observed: in New Zealand, some restrictions will be lifted from Thursday, and in Japan they plan to lift the state of emergency in regions where the situation has stabilized.

France, where one of the toughest quarantine regimes in Europe operated, on Monday began to gradually weaken it. The United Kingdom on Sunday also introduced a phased quarantine plan.

Meanwhile, South Korea warns of a second wave of the virus: the number of infections in the country has reached a monthly maximum. The growth in the number of new cases has accelerated in Germany, where restrictions have already begun to soften.

A new wave of infections will negatively affect investor sentiment if governments begin to tighten quarantine measures again.

The European Euro STOXX 600 index fell 0.87 percent, the German DAX – 0.78 percent, and the British FTSE 100 – 0.36 percent. Most affected shares of energy and tourism companies.

On Wall Street, it seems, a recession is also expected: e-Mini S&P 500 futures are down almost 1 percent.

The international MSCI index, covering 49 countries, fell 0.15 percent.

The bond market seems to believe that economic recovery will be slow: US government two-year bonds reached a record low of 0.105 percent, and federal fund rate futures last week for the first time in history went negative.

The dollar against a basket of foreign currencies on Monday rose by 0.3 percent, and against the Japanese yen appreciated to 107.23.

The euro fell 0.2 percent to $ 1.0827, and the pound – 0.9 percent to $ 1.23.

Brent crude fell $ 1.11, or 3.6 percent, to $ 29.86 a barrel, while Texas West Texas Intermediate fell 92 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $ 23.82 a barrel.

The price of gold rose to $ 1,700 an ounce. Gold, considered a safe asset, has grown 12 percent since the start of the year, peaking at seven and a half years.


Senators appreciated Klimkin’s words about Russia’s right to celebrate Victory Day :: Politics :: RBC

Pavel Klimkin

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Members of the Federation Council responded to the words of the former Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin about the lack of the right for Russia to celebrate Victory Day over Nazism. This Ukrainian politician said earlier in an interview with Espresso-TV.

“Klimkin’s parents live in Russia in the Penza region, I don’t know if they read what he says. In the Great Patriotic War, the multinational Soviet people won – Russians, Belarusians, Georgians, Ukrainians, Moldavians, Kazakhs, Uzbeks and even the Baltic peoples, where there are national heroes who defended general freedom and independence. In conditions when the war and reconstruction events took place, the national republics received a lot at the expense of Russia. Ukraine had enormous preferences due to territories and support. We considered this victory to be common, ”said Franz Klintsevich, a member of the Federation Council in an interview with RBC.

According to him, such figures as Klimkin, “not remembering their kinship and history”, unleashed a war in Ukraine. “When citizens who disagreed with fascism and nationalism began to protect their families, Russia began to morally, politically, financially help people living in southeastern Ukraine. They believe that we are participating in this war because we are not giving the opportunity, by supporting the Russian people, to commit genocide over our own people, ”the senator said. Klintsevich added that it is necessary to institute criminal proceedings against Klimkin in connection with many statements “that speak of inciting national hatred and encouraging terrorists.”

Klimkin said Russia has no right to celebrate Victory Day

As stated in a conversation with RBC, a senator from the Republic of Crimea, a member of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, Sergei Tsekov, Russia, above all others, has the right to be the heir to the Victory.


Peskov called the condition of peace in the Donbass :: Politics :: RBC

The agreements include 13 points, including a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the introduction of the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions and constitutional reform in Ukraine.

Earlier in April, RBC wrote that on April 30, the Norman Four Foreign Ministers plan to hold talks to resolve the conflict in the Donbass. They should be held in a video conference format. Sources said Germany took the initiative.

According to them, Moscow plans to focus on discussing the implementation of the Paris communiqué adopted in December 2019. It includes provisions on the priority of the Minsk agreements as the main format of work, the exchange of prisoners, the separation of forces and the introduction of the “Steinmeier formula” in the legislation of Ukraine. The formula determines the mechanism of self-government in certain regions of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, as well as about elections.

On April 29, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed its participation in the negotiations in video format.


how COVID-19 turns body cells into viral factories

When the coronavirus attacks the body of its next victim, it turns the patient’s own cells into original factories for the production of new viruses.

The process begins on the surface of the cell when the virus captures the protein, which usually helps regulate the patient’s blood pressure. The cell involuntarily lets the virus inside itself, where the “attacker” unloads his load: instructions for creating new copies of the virus.

Apoptotic cell (greenish brown) highly infected with SARS-COV-2 virus

Apoptotic cell (greenish brown) highly infected with SARS-COV-2 virus

Without its own tools for self-reproduction, the virus begins to control the cell’s mechanism: it copies its genetic code to produce more and more viral envelopes and deliver microbes to the outer surface of the cell, with the help of which it manages to begin the process of infection of the remaining cells.

Medicines that have been available to pharmacists for years can affect various parts of this process. Despite the fact that some of these drugs were not initially used as antiviral agents, scientists hope that previously invented drugs can contribute to the fight against the treatment of dangerous infections.

“We cannot afford the luxury of a five-year drug search program. We need medicine right now, ”says Warner Green, a doctor and researcher at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.

As a result of an active search, researchers have already discovered, at first glance, several unexpected “candidates” that may be useful in the fight against coronavirus. Anti-cancer drugs, drugs for the treatment of the cardiovascular system, drugs for schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease – all of them are now considered as potential treatments for COVID-19. Now, for example, there is an active testing of chloroquine – a drug intended for the treatment of malaria.


Despite all the knowledge accumulated by mankind in the entire history of the development of medicines, scientists often do not know exactly how and why certain medicines work.

“In many cases, we don’t know all the mechanisms of their action,” says Jason Kindrachuk, a virologist at the University of Manitoba. “Sometimes we do find that a drug has unexpected effects that were not recognized initially.”

CureVac, a German biopharmaceutical company, demonstrates a coronavirus disease vaccine research workflow (COVID-19) in a laboratory in Tubingen, Germany

CureVac, a German biopharmaceutical company, demonstrates a coronavirus disease vaccine research workflow (COVID-19) in a laboratory in Tubingen, Germany

These treatments may also be useful, because medications often have multiple effects on various processes in the body. According to Kindrachuk, our cells often use the same mechanism to perform various actions, and a medicine that affects this mechanism can have several results at once.

Often, these results manifest as unwanted side effects. But sometimes at the same time there are opportunities for the treatment of completely different diseases.

When men suffering from baldness started taking the drug minoxidil for blood pressure, they noticed a strange and pleasant “side” effect: their hair began to grow again. As a result, minoxidil received another name – Rogain, which is now used as a means to stimulate hair growth.

A drug called sildenafil was originally developed to treat chest pain from diseases of the cardiovascular system. However, its positive effect on erectile dysfunction was an unexpected and profitable surprise for the company, which had a patent for the production of this drug, which is now known as Viagra.

Synergetic Power

But a drug designed to treat a particular disease may not work against the virus alone.

“I think we could find a drug that is moderately effective, or several drugs that are moderately effective,” says Green. – And then the question arises: what if you combine these two moderately effective drugs? Can they enhance the effect of each other, and thus we get a very powerful antiviral drug? That is exactly what our plan is. ”

Researchers examining a sample of the respiratory virus in Novavax laboratories in Rockville, Maryland, March 20, 2020, in one of the laboratories developing a vaccine for coronavirus

Researchers examining a sample of the respiratory virus in Novavax laboratories in Rockville, Maryland, March 20, 2020, in one of the laboratories developing a vaccine for coronavirus

The Green-led team is now testing thousands of medications to see if they work against coronavirus in vitro. Researchers hope to get the first results in two or three months. Several teams of scientists are conducting similar experiments around the world, using robots to simultaneously perform a large number of tests.

Other scientists are working to find out how the virus interacts with various processes taking place inside human cells, and are looking for drugs that affect these processes.

These studies are at a very early stage. Any medicine that performs well during laboratory tests should first be tested on animals and then on small groups of people to make sure that it does more good than harm.

According to Green, this process can be quite a long one. He warns that this is just the first step. However, scientists already have some clues that may ultimately lead to the achievement of the goal – the victory over COVID-19.


Ukraine: What makes the country so endearing

A paradise for bikers

DUkrainian hospitality is legendary, and most travelers and locals mention it first when asked what they like about Ukraine. But even those who want to be alone will find endless possibilities.

For me it was always one of the most important reasons to cycle through Ukraine, after all, almost 30,000 kilometers in nine summers. Statistically speaking, every person in Ukraine has at least four times as much space as in Germany – the area is almost twice as large for half as many people.

How many people live in Ukraine can currently only be estimated because the last census was in 2001. The population is currently estimated to be around 44 million, with around two million people living in Crimea and around two million in the Russian-occupied areas in Donbass.

Large area, few people, this thin population has advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, the roads are often miserably poor, because the financial resources of the municipalities are scarce, especially in rural regions.

On the other hand, there is plenty of space for intensive and large-scale agriculture. As is well known, the famous Ukrainian black earth is said to be the most fertile in the world. As a grain exporter, Ukraine ranks third worldwide behind the United States and the European Union.

And more than half of the country’s area is covered by this special earth, which is far from being used everywhere. So the animals and hyperboreans like me are happy about quiet forests and overgrown open spaces.

Borscht – the national dish of Ukraine

The most famous Ukrainian dish is likely to be Borsch be a soup with beets, whose name comes from the Ukrainian word Buryak comes from. In any case, it is Borsch a national cultural asset about which scholarly articles appear. Since ancient times, it has even been believed that the soul of a deceased is with Borschsteam flies to paradise, that’s why Borsch often cooked for funerals in the past.

Ukrainian media use the unofficial “Borschtsch Index”, analogous to the “Big Mac Index”, to estimate the purchasing power of currencies and to determine the actual inflation of the hryvnia. “The Borscht index is the average price of products that are required to prepare a certain volume of this dish at a given time.”

In honor of the Ukrainian Borsch even a city was named, the city of Borschiw in the Ternopil region, where every autumn BorschFestival is celebrated. Of course there is not just one recipe for Borschbut dozens of red ones alone Borsch.

Ukraine: Borsch is the national food of the Ukrainians

Borsch is the national food of the Ukrainians

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No matter whether man or woman, all Ukrainians can Borsch cook, and of course everyone has a special recipe. Before a Ukrainian marries, the woman must give him Borsch cook, and if he doesn’t like it, the wedding falls in the water, no, in the Borsch.

One can Borsch cook with or without meat. Common ingredients are cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, pre-cooked beans, onions, prunes, garlic, as well as “greens” dill and parsley. It is seasoned with salt and black pepper. After the Borsch was put in plates, you refine it with Smetana, the Ukrainian sour cream.

I learned green when I was cycling Borsch know, which I have always enjoyed eating since then. As the name suggests, you do in the green Borsch green vegetables, not red, so sorrel, spinach and nettles and matching herbs. Mushrooms, such as Halli mesh, also harmonize in this mixture.

Exciting metro ride in Kiev

So for tourists it is probably better not to take a taxi, but a metro or bus through the city. And of course it’s cheaper too.

Anyway, as a Kiev visitor, you should have taken the metro to see the stations with their mosaics, for example the Golden Gate, which is said to be one of the 15 most beautiful metro stations in the world, according to a survey by the Australian travel magazine “Bootsnall” .

Ukraine: Metro is worthwhile in Kiev - if only to see the mosaics in the stations

It is worth taking the metro in Kiev – if only to see the mosaics in the stations

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And it is always exciting to take the escalators deep underground, for example to Arsenalna station, which is 105 meters below the surface. Incidentally, the entire route network of the Kiev Metro is almost 68 kilometers long and comprises 52 stations. In November 1960 the first route between the main train station and the Dnipro station was opened.

A cathedral modeled on Hagia Sophia

In the center of Kiev you can also visit many famous sights on foot. For example, you can take the metro from the main train station to the Teatralna, Khreshchatyk or Arsenalna stations and walk across Independence Square, Majdan Nesaleschnosti, or Majdan for short, over the Golden Gate to St. Sophia Cathedral.

The Golden Gate was built at the beginning of the 11th century on the orders of the Kiev Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise. In 1982, a museum was opened in this old city gate to mark the 1500th anniversary of Kiev. Around the gate and in the side streets are many cafes and restaurants with different national cuisines, Japanese, French and also inexpensive Ukrainian restaurants.

From there you can reach the most photographed sight of Kiev, the Sophia Cathedral, the construction of which, also on the orders of Yaroslav the Wise, began in 1037. It was built on the model of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

Ukraine: The most photographed attraction in Kiev is the St. Sophia Cathedral

The most photographed attraction in Kiev is the St. Sophia Cathedral

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Since 2019, you can also take photos in the cathedral, for example the mosaics (260 square meters) or the frescoes and murals. The cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

It has become particularly important for Ukrainians in recent times because on January 7, 2019, in the presence of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Tomos was presented with the certificate of independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

A museum explains the disaster in Chernobyl

Right next to the St. Sophia Cathedral is the St. Michaelskloster, which was blown up during the Soviet era in 1936 and only rebuilt after the end of the Soviet Union and was inaugurated in 1999. From there, I think you should definitely go to Andreassteig, one of the oldest streets in Kiev, where many Ukrainian artists and artisans offer their goods for sale, especially on weekends, and where you can visit the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, for example.

Ukraine: The Andreassteig is one of the oldest streets in Kiev

The Andreassteig is one of the oldest streets in Kiev

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From there you can also easily walk to the Chernobyl Museum to think about the dangers and risks of modern technology and human recklessness.

The presentation of the catastrophe in the Chernobyl Museum is extremely modern, audiovisual information resources are used, one learns a lot about the causes and the course of the dramatic events and about the fates of the workers and liquidators affected, as well as about the actions or inaction of those responsible at that time.

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The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II is also a museum that requires good nerves to visit and is very thought-provoking. Until 2015 it was called “Ukrainian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War from 1941–1945”.

It not only provides information about this war, but also about all wars in which Ukrainians were involved in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as the communist colonial wars in Angola or Afghanistan, and also about the unfortunately still ongoing war against Russia in the Donbass.

It is one of the largest museums in Ukraine, its inventory is housed in 16 halls with a total area of ​​five square kilometers. It is very easy to find because the statue of the Mother Home stands next to the museum. The figure’s shield still bears the coat of arms of the Soviet Union because it would be too expensive and time-consuming to dismantle or replace it, as one of the museum staff told me.

Little Vienna on the Dniester

While cycling in Ukraine, I saw many places where I would like to have settled. Already on my first tour I almost bought a house by a lake, 140 kilometers south of Poltava.

There are many such quiet, “romantic” places in Ukraine; I was often offered to settle in them. A German with whom you can chat and drink, a “devil guy” who cycles through the country on a bike, is obviously not considered the most boring contemporary.

The temptation to stay there was also great in a number of cities. The city of Kolomyja in the pre-Carpathians, which has long been part of Austria-Hungary, is one of my favorites. The Dniester River with its canyons flows past, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ukraine.

Chernivtsi is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine

Chernivtsi is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine

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Chernivtsi is also not far, the former capital of Bukovina, which also belonged to Austria-Hungary. A city with such beautiful epithets as “Little Vienna”, “Alexandria of Europe” or “Jerusalem am Pruth”.

In the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, Chernivtsi was a predominantly German-speaking city in which many nationalities lived. Just under a third of the population were Jews. However, Yiddish was not recognized as an independent language, but was stated as German in official papers. Many educated Jews such as merchants and professors also used German as a colloquial language.

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In autumn 1875, the Austrian writer and journalist Karl Emil Franzos (1848–1904) even claimed in his report “From Vienna to Czernowitz” about the inauguration of the Franz Joseph University: “The German spirit, this kindest and most powerful magician under the sun, he – and he alone – put this blooming piece of Europe in the middle of the semi-Asian cultural desert! “

Today Chernivtsi is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine, along with Kiev, Odessa and Lviv (Ukrainian Lviv).

Ukrainians celebrate 365 days a year

Ukrainians have at least one reason to celebrate every day. Three or four parties a day, that’s it normalno. A holy festival, one for the weather and for the seasons, a historical one, one from the world of work, plus personal and local ones, name days and celebrations for food and drink, beer, bacon, coffee day (in Lviv) or the dumpling, a lot comes together.

Indeed, historians report that Ukraine celebrated more at the end of the 19th century than in western countries. While 300 days worked in Protestant Europe, up to 270 days in Catholic countries, the maximum was 245 in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine: Malanka is the name of the festival at which the Ukrainians celebrate the early end of winter and the upcoming spring

Malanka is the name of the festival at which the Ukrainians celebrate the early end of winter and the upcoming spring

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The tsarist government even set up a “special commission” to reduce the number of holidays and days off. However, the measures taken by the Commission, for example to regulate working hours, did the opposite, and the number of holidays continued to increase.

The attempt to reduce the number of fairs also failed. Among other things, “wise officials” had decided to move the fairs to working days. They tried Saturday, but had simply forgotten that this was a holy day for the Jews, and without them a fair was not worthwhile.

Vyshyvanka festival

One of the most popular festivals of today was already celebrated back then – the summer solstice Ivan Kupala. Ivan Kupala is the Slavic name for John the Baptist. As is well known, he was an ascetic priest who loved to cry, baptize people in the Jordan and die a horrible death by being beheaded.

According to legend, Ivan Kupala or St. John’s Day is his birthday, according to the Gregorian calendar July 7th. On this day, women like to weave wreaths of flowers and throw them into the water to somehow guess their future.

There is celebration and dancing, young couples jump over the fire to pass a test of courage together or for whatever reason. In any case, it is a festival where you are happy, drink and laugh and joke.

I personally particularly like the Vyshyvanka festival on the third Thursday in May. Wyschywankas are collarless blouses made of white cotton or linen, which are embroidered with different patterns depending on the region. A large parade takes place in Poltava on this day, thousands of people in Vyshyvankas and local costumes roam the city together, singing and shouting slogans like “Ukraine – Free Land!”.

Kiev (Ukraine): Even this cat was traditionally dressed for the Vyshyvanka festival

Even this cat was traditionally dressed for the Vyshyvanka festival

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By wearing these blouses, you demonstrate your belonging to the Ukrainian nation or, as a foreigner, your respect for it. For our wedding ceremony, for example, my wife, son and myself naturally wore Wyschywankas with Poltava patterns, as did most of our guests and our musician, the Cossack from Dikanka. I also like to wear a Wyschywanka on normal working days, it is comfortable and looks good.

Collective amazement at Germans

While cycling I was always happy about the Ukrainians’ desire to celebrate. Despite money worries and hard work, it also has to be celebrated, if necessary every day! “We live today!”

Nobody here can understand why more and more people are supposed to be suffering from depression in rich Germany. When a German comes to the village by bike, straight from Berlin to this pub, it is almost a matter of honor to invite him to a glass and ask him why the Germans are sad.

In addition, you immediately have a convincing excuse for the wives waiting at home. So of course I’m a bad witness, because celebrations were often organized in my honor. In truth, most Ukrainians naturally work a lot more than they celebrate.

The text is an extract from the book “111 Reasons to Love Ukraine” by Christoph Brumme, Verlag Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, 312 pages, 14.99 euros


Duplantis breaks world pole record and erases Lavillenie

Armand Duplantis of Sweden wrote the history of athletics by breaking the world record pole vault at only 20 years old with a 6.17m indoor jump in Torun (Poland) on Saturday. Duplantis, true prodigy of his sport, erased the record of his idol who became his mentor, the Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, while he himself was in the middle of a competition in Rouen, but failed to cross a single bar ( three failures at 5.64 m). Armand Duplantis thus inscribes his name in the legend of the sport having jumped higher than the Ukrainian “Tsar” Sergei Bubka (6.15 m in 1993) and that the 2012 French Olympic champion who had succeeded 6.16 m in February 2014.

Born and raised in the United States, but representative of Sweden in international competition, his mother’s country, Duplantis shares many common points with Renaud Lavillenie. Like the 2012 Olympic champion, he has had a jumper in the family garden (for 16 years!) And has bathed in this midfielder since always: his father and trainer holds a record at 5.80 m while his little sister and the one of his older brothers are also pole vaulters

Like Renaud Lavillenie, Armand Duplantis is thin and has a rather “light” size (1.81 m) for this sport which combines power and speed to bend the pole and be propelled above the bars. The Swede has however thickened since his explosion in 2017 (5.90 m at 17 years old), under the guidance of his mother, ex-heptathlete, who is his physical trainer. As soon as he crossed his bar on Saturday, “Mondo” rushed into the stands of Torun to hug him.

Boy in a hurry

Close to the Lavillenie clan, Duplantis came to Clermont-Ferrand several times to share sessions with the French. The latter had broken the record in Donetsk (Ukraine) ahead of Sergei Bubka, and had to secretly hope that Duplantis would do the same in Clermont-Ferrand on February 23 during the All star perche, competition organized by him.

But “Mondo” Duplantis, who almost erased 6.17 m as early as Tuesday in Düsseldorf (Germany), has always been a busy boy. Holder of numerous unofficial world records in the youth categories, he became senior European champion at only 18 years old in Berlin in August 2018 after a fantastic competition (6.05m). Last October, after a season where he had crossed the legendary 6 m mark several times, he became vice-world champion in Doha (Qatar) with a jump to 5.97 m, beaten by the ‘American Sam Kendricks. Just over five months from the Tokyo Olympics, Duplantis landed Saturday as the big favorite for the supreme title.