Wladimir Klitschko Enlists In Ukraine’s Reserve Army Amid Country Tensions
Wladimir Klitschko said he’s been compelled to defend his country, if deemed necessary.
Klitschko, a former heavyweight boxing champion, enlisted in Ukraine’s reserve army in Kyiv on Wednesday. Moscow, Russia said they have no plans to invade Ukraine, but the country has been bracing for a possible military offensive anyways.
Russia has assembled tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine’s borders over the last few weeks.
“One district from here, my little girl is going to school. The school is currently closed because the ambassadors have sent the families home,” Klitschko said.
“It is the love, the love for my city, my home, my family, my neighbours, my daughter that has brought me here today, that I took this initiative and am now taking part in this territorial defense.”
Klitschko attended the opening of a Territorial Defense Forces recruitment centre in the capital with his older brother Vitali, the mayor of Kyiv and also a former heavyweight boxing champion.
Vitali said he prefers a diplomatic solution, but if that isn’t possible, “we have to prepare to take weapons in our hands, and defend the country,” he said.
Western allies have been asked by Ukraine to send aid and weapons in case of Russia attacking.
There was a time when the Klitschko brothers dominated the heavyweight division, both ending their careers in impressive fashion.
Wladimir was most recently active in the division, but ended with two losses to former unified champion Anthony Joshua and current WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury.
Oleksandr Usyk, who is also Ukrainian, now holds four heavyweight titles, which once belonged to Joshua.