Ukrainian athletes are warmly welcomed by fans from the United States at the world championships

On his first day at the World Championships in Athletics, Yevgeny Pronin, acting president of the Ukrainian Athletics Federation, said he encountered something remarkable: A group of Americans tried to treat him to lunch.

As U.S. relations with Moscow have escalated to their worst point in decades due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian athletes and officials say they feel at home in Eugene, Oregon, where they can see their flag in the quiet student campus.

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