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Klitschkos Say They're Fighting For Europe, Not Just Ukraine In Emphatic New Interview

Klitschkos Say They're Fighting For Europe, Not Just Ukraine In Emphatic New Interview

Legendary heavyweight boxing champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko continue to defend their home country.

Legendary heavyweight boxing champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have said they’re fighting for the whole world, not just Ukraine. 

The brothers confirmed last week that they were taking up arms following Russia’s invasion of their home country. 

In an interview with the BBC, when asked whether they will be staying to fight, Wladimir replied: ‘Where should we go? This is our home. 

‘Our parents [are] buried here, [our] children go to school here. Why should we flee? What would you do if someone gets into your house? You defend it.’

Vitali – who serves as the mayor of Kyiv – added: ‘We need support, support from the whole world because it’s a challenge for the whole of modern society.’

Discussing whether Ukraine has enough food and water supplies, as well as military supplies, Wladimir explained: ‘We’re starting to get it but it’s never enough [due to the] huge demand.

‘Our infrastructure is partially destroyed by the shelling that is happening all over the country, in the different cities. 

‘It’s absolutely not enough, we definitely need support and help. Financial support, military equipment support, medical support.’

Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

He continued: ‘This country is in the war and without support of you guys and the world, we will fight but it’s much better if we have allies like you guys. 

‘We’re just fighting for, as my brother said, democracy and our choice… Terrible events have happened in the past six days, horrible events, where civilian men and women are dying. 

‘I’m proud of our men and women that are ready to defend their country, for their future, for the future of their children. It’s actually amazing to observe.’

Last week, Wladimir wrote in a post shared on LinkedIn that Russian President Vladimir Putin had made it 'clear that he wants to destroy the Ukrainian state and the sovereignty of its people', but pledged to defend his country alongside his fellow citizens.

'The 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,' he said.

'The Ukrainian people have chosen democracy. But democracy is a fragile regime. Democracy cannot defend itself; it needs the will of the citizens, the commitment of everyone.'

If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Instagram/@vitaliyklitschko

Topics: Ukraine, Russia, World News