“I don’t have another choice, I have to do that. I’ll be fighting.”
Legendary former heavyweight boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have vowed to take up arms to help defend their homeland of Ukraine in the face of the intensifying Russian invasion.
Russia launched a full scale invasion by land, air and sea before dawn on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin announced a declaration of war. Putin had initially said he would be sending troops to perform “peacekeeping” functions in the rebel-held regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, which he said Moscow would recognise their independence.
Vitali, the former heavyweight champion, has been mayor of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, since 2014. He said he was willing to join the fight to protect his country, admitting he had no alternative but to do so.
'I don't have another choice. I have to do that.'
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 24, 2022