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The Klitschko brothers, heavyweight boxing legends, vow to fight for Ukraine


Former heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko said he would take up arms alongside his brother and fellow Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko to fight in what is a โ€œbloody warโ€ following Russiaโ€™s invasion of their country, Ukraine.

Russia launched its invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following a declaration of war by President Vladimir Putin. An estimated 100,000 people have fled as explosions and gunfire rocked major cities. Dozens have been reported killed.

Vitali Klitschko, who has been the mayor of Ukraineโ€™s capital Kyiv since 2014, said he was ready to fight.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko, pictured here in his office on February 10, said he would fight for his country.

โ€œI donโ€™t have another choice, I have to do that. Iโ€™ll be fighting,โ€ the 50-year-old, known as โ€œDr. Ironfistโ€ during his fighting days, told UK broadcaster ITVโ€™s Good Morning Britain.

Vitali Klitschko said Kyiv was under threat and the main priority was to work with police and military forces to support critical infrastructure, including the delivery of electricity, gas and water for its citizens.

He added civilians were ready to defend Kyiv as soldiers.

โ€œI believe in Ukraine, I believe in my country and I believe in my people,โ€ Vitali Klitschko said.

Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko enlisted in Ukraineโ€™s reserve army earlier this month, saying that the love for his country compelled him to defend it.

โ€œThe Ukrainian people are strong. And it will remain true to itself in this terrible ordeal. A people longing for sovereignty and peace. A people who consider the Russian people their brothers,โ€ he wrote in a post on LinkedIn on Thursday.

โ€œIt knows that they basically do not want this war. The Ukrainian people have chosen democracy.

โ€œBut: Democracy is a fragile regime. Democracy cannot defend itself; it needs the will of the citizens, the commitment of everyone. Basically, there is no democracy without democrats.โ€

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