Estonian MP arrives in Kyiv after 1,700 km bike ride for charity

  • 2024-05-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Reform Party MP Kristo Enn Vaga, who on April 26 embarked on a bike ride from Tallinn to Kyiv for charity, has arrived in the Ukrainian capital.

Vaga started the 1,700-kilometer journey from Tallinn to Kyiv on Friday last week. His goal is to remind the public that war is closer than often perceived, in other words, just a bike ride away. With the initiative, Vaga is collecting donations to buy essential drones and trucks for the Ukrainian army.

Vaga arrived in Kyiv on May 2 after a week-long trip through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

"The ride was both physically and mentally difficult due to the strong headwind, but what the Ukrainian army is doing for Estonia and the whole of Europe is in no way comparable to this bike ride. When I entered Ukraine, I saw a memorial wall in every village with the faces and names of those who have given their lives defending Ukraine. That is why I did it," Vaga said.

He added that this is an extremely critical moment for Ukraine and the country needs comprehensive assistance.

Vaga's undertaking attracted widespread attention on the journey and encouraged other local cyclists to accompany him.

Kristo Enn Vaga is a former professional cyclist. He has represented the Estonian national team in several international competitions and raced for two years in France for an amateur club. Vaga is also the 2023 Baltic Amateur Champion.

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