Katya Lipka had shared the photographs on her Instagram account on June 3 and her post says she scaled Mount Everest on May 24.
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, a Russian mountaineer and blogger, Katya Lipka, unfurled the Ukranian flag on the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak. Katya Lipka unfurled the neighbouring country’s flag in protest against the ongoing war between the countries, she said.
Katya Lipka had shared the photographs on her Instagram account on June 3 and her post says she scaled Mount Everest on May 24. “The summit of Everest 8848m,” she captioned the post. Lipka further said that due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “something inside turned upside down.”
“Arrived in Nepal clenched her fist and in 2.5 weeks – from Kathmandu to the summit 8848. On a lame leg without preparation and without acclimatization. It’s not easy,” she further said.
Other than expressing solidarity with Ukraine, Lipka also raised the “Free Navalny” sign in support of Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, who has been jailed by the Russian government.
A photograph of the mountaineer was shared by Olexander Scherba, former Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria on Twitter, who served the country for seven years. He wrote, “Russia climber Ekaterina Lipka conquered Mount Everest and unfolded Ukraine flag protesting #PutinsWar.”
A Twitter user commented, “Brave, tough, resilient and principled woman. May good things come to you Ekaterina.”
Meanwhile, another said, “very courageous lady! Congratulations on making it, literally, to the top of the world . . you are an inspiration. Thank you as well, for your support of Ukraine.”
Katya Lipka isn’t the only Russian who opposes the war. In these three months of Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, there are signs that Russian support for the conflict is gradually fading, including the resignation of many Russian officials, reported by the international media.