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Boxing legends Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko brothers to take up arms for Ukraine against Russia

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, has stated that he is ready to fight. Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko enlisted in Ukraine’s reserve army earlier this month.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko claimed he would take up weapons alongside his brother and fellow Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko to fight in what is a ‘bloody war’ following Russia’s invasion of their country Ukraine. Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday (February 24) following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. An estimated 100,000 people have fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Hundreds of people have been slain, according to reports.

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Vitali Klitschko, who has been the mayor of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv since 2014, said he was ready to fight. “I don’t have a choice; I’m going to have to do it.” “I’ll be fighting,” the 50-year-old, who used to be known as ‘Dr Ironfist’ in the ring, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko
Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko stated that Kyiv was under attack and that the first priority was to work with police and military forces to support critical infrastructure, such as the delivery of electricity, gas, and water to the city’s residents. He went on to say that civilians were ready to defend Kyiv in the same way that soldiers were.

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Vitali Klitschko stated, “I believe in Ukraine, I believe in my country, and I believe in my people.”

Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko enlisted in Ukraine’s reserve army earlier this month, stating that the love for his nation motivated him to defend it. “The Ukrainian people are a powerful people. In this terrible ordeal, it will remain true to itself. A people longing for sovereignty and peace. A people who consider the Russian people their brothers,” he wrote in a post on LinkedIn on Thursday.

“It knows that people generally do not want this war. The Ukrainian people have chosen democracy. But: Democracy is a fragile regime. Democracy cannot protect itself; it needs the will of the population, the dedication of everyone. Basically, there is no democracy without democrats.”

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