Former heavyweight boxing champion and current mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko announced that he would join his brother Wladimir in fighting in Ukraine.
Klitschko, now mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, says he is prepared to fight a “bloody war” alongside his brother, Wladimir, who is also a world champion boxer. .
“I have no choice, I have to. I will fight,” Klitschko said.
The mayor of Kyiv said that the Ukrainian capital is under siege, with the main priority being to work with the police and military to support infrastructure as many Ukrainians are still trapped in dangerous areas. The longtime mayor is focused on providing essentials like electricity, gas and water to his citizens, but he noted that civilians are ready to defend Kyiv under the newly enforced martial law.
Former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko fights for Ukraine on the front lines
The entire time Klitschko was mayor, Russia occupied Ukraine in an eight-year power struggle. Klitschko first took office in 2014, when Russia’s occupation of Crimea first began. Klitschko didn’t retire until 2013, when he dropped his gloves as an honorary champion. The Klitschko brothers have been involved in Ukrainian politics since 2004.
50-year-old Vitali, who is known as “Dr. Ironfist” during his boxing career, is the only heavyweight boxer to have been crowned world champion in three different decades. Like Klitschko himself, a former boxer, he sees resilience and strength in his fellow Ukrainians.
“The Ukrainian people are strong,” Klitschko wrote in a post. “And it will remain true to itself in this terrible ordeal. A people yearning for sovereignty and peace. A people that considers the Russian people their brothers”.
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