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Ukrainian couple split after 123 days handcuffed together

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova have a chain removed from their wrists by a representative from a Ukrainian record book in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2021. After 123 days handcuffed together to save their on-again off-again relationship, Kudlay and Pustovitova have split up, shedding their bonds on national TV and saying the experiment had brought home uncomfortable truths.

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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova have a chain removed from their wrists by a representative from a Ukrainian record book in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2021. After 123 days handcuffed together to save their on-again off-again relationship, Kudlay...more

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova have a chain removed from their wrists by a representative from a Ukrainian record book in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2021. After 123 days handcuffed together to save their on-again off-again relationship, Kudlay and Pustovitova have split up, shedding their bonds on national TV and saying the experiment had brought home uncomfortable truths. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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The young couple from the eastern city of Kharkiv decided to handcuff themselves together on Valentine's Day, in a last-ditch attempt to break the cycle of breaking up and making up.

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The young couple from the eastern city of Kharkiv decided to handcuff themselves together on Valentine's Day, in a last-ditch attempt to break the cycle of breaking up and making up. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The young couple from the eastern city of Kharkiv decided to handcuff themselves together on Valentine's Day, in a last-ditch attempt to break the cycle of breaking up and making up. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Throughout the experiment, which they documented to a growing social media following, they did everything together, from grocery shopping to cigarette breaks. They took turns to use the bathroom and take showers.

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Throughout the experiment, which they documented to a growing social media following, they did everything together, from grocery shopping to cigarette breaks. They took turns to use the bathroom and take showers. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Throughout the experiment, which they documented to a growing social media following, they did everything together, from grocery shopping to cigarette breaks. They took turns to use the bathroom and take showers. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Pustovitova, who initially resisted the handcuff idea, shed tears as she discussed the latest break-up. "I think it will be a good lesson for us, for other Ukrainian couples and couples abroad not to repeat what we have done," she told Reuters in an interview in Kyiv.

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Pustovitova, who initially resisted the handcuff idea, shed tears as she discussed the latest break-up. "I think it will be a good lesson for us, for other Ukrainian couples and couples abroad not to repeat what we have done," she told Reuters in an...more

Pustovitova, who initially resisted the handcuff idea, shed tears as she discussed the latest break-up. "I think it will be a good lesson for us, for other Ukrainian couples and couples abroad not to repeat what we have done," she told Reuters in an interview in Kyiv. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Pustovitova said personal space is what she missed most, although she also felt her boyfriend did not pay her enough attention while they were chained together. "We stayed together all day, I did not receive any attention from Alexandr because we were constantly together. He did not tell me: 'I miss you', while I would like to hear that," said the 29-year-old beautician.

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Pustovitova said personal space is what she missed most, although she also felt her boyfriend did not pay her enough attention while they were chained together. "We stayed together all day, I did not receive any attention from Alexandr because we...more

Pustovitova said personal space is what she missed most, although she also felt her boyfriend did not pay her enough attention while they were chained together. "We stayed together all day, I did not receive any attention from Alexandr because we were constantly together. He did not tell me: 'I miss you', while I would like to hear that," said the 29-year-old beautician. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Kudlay said he did not regret resorting to desperate measures to save the relationship, adding that the cuffs helped him understand that the two were not "like-minded people." "We are not on the same wavelength, we are totally different," the 33-year-old car salesman said.

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Kudlay said he did not regret resorting to desperate measures to save the relationship, adding that the cuffs helped him understand that the two were not "like-minded people." "We are not on the same wavelength, we are totally different," the...more

Kudlay said he did not regret resorting to desperate measures to save the relationship, adding that the cuffs helped him understand that the two were not "like-minded people." "We are not on the same wavelength, we are totally different," the 33-year-old car salesman said. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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The couple plan to sell the handcuffs in an online auction and donate part of the money to charity.

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The couple plan to sell the handcuffs in an online auction and donate part of the money to charity. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The couple plan to sell the handcuffs in an online auction and donate part of the money to charity. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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They had the bonds removed in front of Ukrainian TV news channels and a representative from a Ukrainian record book, who said no couple in the world had managed a similar feat.

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They had the bonds removed in front of Ukrainian TV news channels and a representative from a Ukrainian record book, who said no couple in the world had managed a similar feat. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

They had the bonds removed in front of Ukrainian TV news channels and a representative from a Ukrainian record book, who said no couple in the world had managed a similar feat. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Their last photo on Instagram, where they have more than 7,800 followers, showed the couple standing apart, looking at the floor.

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Their last photo on Instagram, where they have more than 7,800 followers, showed the couple standing apart, looking at the floor. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Their last photo on Instagram, where they have more than 7,800 followers, showed the couple standing apart, looking at the floor. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova react after their chain is removed in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova react after their chain is removed in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova react after their chain is removed in Kyiv, Ukraine June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova drink tea in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova drink tea in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova drink tea in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova use a hairdryer to dry a pair of jeans in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova use a hairdryer to dry a pair of jeans in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova use a hairdryer to dry a pair of jeans in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Viktoria Pustovitova washes the dishes as Alexandr Kudlay stands next to her in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Viktoria Pustovitova washes the dishes as Alexandr Kudlay stands next to her in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Viktoria Pustovitova washes the dishes as Alexandr Kudlay stands next to her in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Viktoria Pustovitova applies makeup as Alexandr Kudlay uses his mobile phone in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Viktoria Pustovitova applies makeup as Alexandr Kudlay uses his mobile phone in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Viktoria Pustovitova applies makeup as Alexandr Kudlay uses his mobile phone in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova put on socks in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova put on socks in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova put on socks in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Viktoria Pustovitova helps Alexandr Kudlay to put on a jacket in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 4, 2021.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Viktoria Pustovitova helps Alexandr Kudlay to put on a jacket in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 4, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Viktoria Pustovitova helps Alexandr Kudlay to put on a jacket in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 4, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova drink coffee in a cafe in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova drink coffee in a cafe in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova drink coffee in a cafe in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova walk on the street in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova walk on the street in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova walk on the street in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 5, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova smoke in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 4, 2021.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova smoke in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 4, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova smoke in their apartment in Kharkiv, Ukraine March 4, 2021.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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