Elina Svitolina: "I hope all this pain ends soon"

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Elina Svitolina: "I hope all this pain ends soon"

Elina Svitolina is not going through one of the best moments of her career. The Ukrainian player inevitably feels the weight of the war waged by Russia against her country and, even before announcing her pregnancy, she had decided to take a break from tennis.

In recent weeks, Svitolina has become ambassador of the United24 project launched directly by President Volodymyr Zelensky. It is an online platform created to collect donations in support of Ukraine for the defense and removal of mines on the territory, for humanitarian and medical aid, as well as for the reconstruction of the country.

Elina Svitolina: "I hope all this pain ends"

Svitolina, after the official presentation of the new project through a press release published by France2, explained: "It was an honor, I was nervous like I've never been before.

Even when I reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, I was not so nervous. President Zelensky gave me hope: we can win this war and we will move forward. He is an example for all the Ukrainian people. He has exceeded all expectations.

Many of my friends have returned to Ukraine and enlisted to defend it. There are many people who suffer and that is why United24 can help all Ukrainians, military and children. It is a small grain of sand that, over time, I hope can make a difference.

Experiencing another war is very difficult for older people. The lack of food, the obligation to lock themselves in the cellar for several days. it's really hard for them. I try to keep in touch with my grandmother. and to help her, because she is too old to be able to move alone.

My uncles don't live far from her. They see each other when they get a chance to get out of the house and are a great help. I hope that all this pain will end and I will meet her again as soon as possible."