Retired Ukrainians team up for online games

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) AGELESS SHOOTERS TEAM MEMBER, VIKTOR ZHDANOV, SAYING:"I am Zhdanov Viktor, I am 61 years old and I play Counter Strike."

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) AGELESS SHOOTERS TEAM MEMBER, TETYANA BIRYUKOVA, SAYING:"I am Tetyana, I am 61 years old and I play Counter Strike."

Meet Ukraine's first senior e-sports team

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

The 'Ageless Shooters' train three times a week

and participate in friendly online matches

(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) AGELESS SHOOTERS TEAM MEMBER, TETYANA SILENKO, SAYING:"Virtual reality gives you an impression that you are inside the game participating in a fight for real. When we win the game, the spirit is so high, it feels like we are over the moon. There is a sense of elation. In the past, when I came up to a zebra crossing, I had to look left first, then look right and only then decide if I can cross the street. Now it is enough for me to have a brief look to understand if there are cars or not. My reactions became quicker. I assess reality quicker. I can see the whole picture, not just bits and pieces of it. And I believe the game helps me a lot with that."

Video Transcript

ZHDANOV VIKTOR: I am Zhdanov Viktor. I am 61 years old, and I play Counter Strike.

TETYANA BIRYUKOVA: I'm Tetyana. I'm 61 years old, and I play Counter Strike. (SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH)

- Virtual reality gives you an impression that you're inside the game, participating in a fight for real. When we win the game, the spirit is so high. It feels like we're over the moon. There is a sense of elation.

TETYANA BIRYUKOVA: (SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH)

- In the past when I came up to a zebra crossing I had to look left first, then look right, and only then decide if I can cross the street. Now, it is enough for me to have a brief look to understand if there are cars or not. My reactions became quicker. I assess reality quicker. I can see the whole picture, not just bits and pieces of it, and I believe the game helps me a lot with that.

TETYANA BIRYUKOVA: (SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH)