Chukarin was born in Krasnoarmeyskoye village in Donetsk Oblast to a Don Cossack father and a Greek mother
in 1941 volunteered to the Soviet Army. He was wounded, taken prisoner of war near Poltava and sent to a prisoner camp in Sandbostel. He then went through a chain of 17 prisoner camps and by the time when he was freed in 1945 weighed only 40 kg. He was not accepted back to the sports institute in Kiev, and studied in a similar institution in Lviv. In 1946 he already competed in gymnastics at the Soviet national championships; next year he finished fifth, and in 1948 won a national title. He became the all-around Soviet champion in 1949 and repeated this achievement in 1950, 1951, 1953 and 1955.
It is history that goes back to ancient times that when Russians and Greeks are united they are UNBEATABLE!