Former Premier League champion Oleh Luzhnyi, who also won the FA Cup during his time with Arsenal, has vowed to defend his country following Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.
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And some famous Ukrainian sports stars, including boxing icons Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, swore to take up arms.
The 53-year-old had plans to return to the UK to begin his coaching career.
However, he vowed to stay in Ukraine to defend his country.
“The situation is terrible,” he said Sports sky. “I want to be a coach in England but before anything I will stand and fight for my people, for my country and for democracy.
“We all hope this will end soon as innocent lives are being lost and families are being torn apart. What is a country invaded and destroyed for? We need it. must stand together and put an end to this criminal war.”
Luzhnyi’s oath of courage comes just days after Wladimir, a former world heavyweight boxing champion, called on the rest of Europe to support Ukraine in his battle with Putin.
In a clip shared on social media, Wladimir stated: “I am calling on all international partners to observe the strategy unfolding today in Ukraine and this senseless war will not be won. that the loser.
“I just want to tell you that we must unite against this Russian aggression. Don’t let it continue to happen in Ukraine, don’t let it happen in Europe and eventually the world. United we are strong. Support Ukraine. Thank you.”
Just like the Klitschko brothers, world champions three pounds Vasyl Lomachenko took up arms to support the Ukrainian army in the battle against Russia.
The 34-year-old shared a photo on Facebook the account claims that he joined the Belgorod-Dniester Terrorist Defense Battalion.
And the reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, also returned home this week.
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He made a plea to end the violence in a video he shared on Instagram account.
“Dear Ukraine and dear Ukrainians, some have written about my escape. It’s not true, I had a business trip and now I’m back. I’m home,” Usyk said.
“Friends, we need to unite together and get through this, because we are facing special difficulties.
“I’m so overcome with emotions and I’m so worried for my country and for our people. Guys, we have to stop this war and we have to do it together.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-oleh-luzhyni-ukraine-russia-26344208 Premier League winners Arsenal make career first leg and will stay to fight in Ukraine