Former heavyweight boxing champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are vowing to shield Ukraine by preventing on the entrance strains.
Vitali, who has been the mayor of the nation’s capital, Kyiv, since 2014, informed Good Morning Britain on Thursday, February 24 — the day Russia attacked Ukraine — that he’ll stand subsequent to his fellow residents to combat for his nation on this “bloody war.”
“I don’t have another choice. I have to do that. I will be fighting,“ the Hall of Fame athlete explained, adding, “I believe in Ukraine, I believe in my country, I believe in my people.”
Both Vitali, 50, and youthful brother Wladimir, 45 — who enlisted within the Ukraine military reserves earlier this month — have condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for the assault on Ukraine.
The brothers launched a joint video on Thursday, issuing a name to motion for “all international partners to observe this tragedy that is happening nowadays in Ukraine, and this senseless war that is not going to have any winners, but losers,” Wladimir said. “I just want to tell you we must stay united, against … Russian aggression. Don’t let it … continue happening in Ukraine, don’t let it happen in Europe, and eventually in the world.”
“United we’re strong,” he added, concluding, “Support Ukraine.”
The identical day, Wladimir, who shares 7-year-old daughter Kaya with ex-fiancée Hayden Panettiere, shared an impassioned essay on LinkedIn concerning the conflict on his nation, encouraging everybody to arise for democracy.
“We will defend ourselves with all our might and fight for freedom and democracy,” he wrote. “You can also act. Let not fear seize us; let’s not remain frozen.”
The Hall of Fame boxer additionally supplied strategies for how to assist Ukraine throughout this time.
“You can do something by mobilizing and organizing huge demonstrations,” the athlete continued. “Make your voice heard. Make the voice of democracy heard. Say it loud and clear that international law and democracy are under attack, that war is the greatest evil and that life is sacred.”
Wladimir and Panettiere break up in August 2018, and daughter Kaya has grown up in Ukraine along with her dad — the place she has “a lot of friends,” a supply informed Us Weekly in October 2019.
The insider famous on the time that “Hayden frequently travels [there] to see her daughter,” and “often” FaceTimes along with her.
In February 2019, the Nashville star informed Us that she and Wladimir are elevating Kaya with each “book smarts and street smart[s],” including that the previous couple’s “friendship with each other” helps them do “a really good job” coparenting collectively.
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