Yana lost both of her legs in the attack
“I want to support children who have also lost their legs and cannot run. I want them to see what I’m doing and say to themselves, ‘Yes! I can do it, too! I can run too.’”
Yana Stepanenko and her mother, Nataliia Stepanenko, were attempting to flee Ukraine in April 2021, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. A Russian missile hit the Kramatorsk train station April 8, which killed almost 60 people and injured more than 100, according to the Ukrainian government.
A 12-year-old Ukrainian girl, who made the news in 2022 when she lost her legs in a Russian missile attack, made headlines again on Sunday when she took to the cobbled streets of Lviv at the city’s half-marathon.
The mother-daughter pair were taken to California for prosthetics with help from the Right to Walk Foundation. They started walking again in July 2022.