Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko sent his support to his brother Vitali and announced his support for Ukraine.
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Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko took to social media to send a message after Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to enter Ukraine as part of an all-out invasion.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid On Tuesday confirmed that the ‘invasion of Ukraine has begun’, while Putin declared war on Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning.
About 10,000 troops have entered Ukraine’s two Russian-speaking breakaway regions – Donbas and Luhansk – which Putin recognizes as independent states in the most drastic move in recent times.
The disturbing move scared many Ukrainian citizens while the whole world held their breath, and Klitschko was Twitter to remind of the lessons of history.
“The world is watching how reckless and dangerous imperialism is, not just for #Ukraine but for the whole world,” Klitschko wrote. “Let history be an unrepeatable lesson.”
The 45-year-old is one of Ukraine’s most popular figures along with his brother and Kyiv Mayor, Vitali Klitschko. He has also taken to social media with a defiant stance on his country before the conflict.
Klitschko, who took office in 2014, tweeted: “Make sure: Ukraine is strong!
“It has a strong capital #Kyiv, strong cities, villages and a united and strong people who value above all their independence, sovereignty and peace in Europe.
“Its WILL exist indefinitely. Pride for Ukraine!”
Vitali has held the roles of Mayor of Kyiv and head of the Kyiv City State Administration since 2014.
Before entering politics, both Vitali and Wladimir dominated heavyweight boxing for many years. Unified Champion Wladimir remained undefeated for over a decade before being dethroned by Tyson Fury in 2015.
Meanwhile, Vitali held the WBC belt for more than eight years before retiring in 2012 to turn his attention from the ring to politics.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/wladimir-klitschko-russia-ukraine-war-26317616 Boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko sends war warning Russia Ukraine