The captured soldier said he began to question Vladimir Putin’s invasion after seeing Ukrainian boxing champions Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko sign up to defend their homeland from invading Russian troops
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A captured Russian soldier has admitted he was “100 percent wrong” about Putin’s invasion after seeing his favorite boxers take up arms against him.
The POW said he began to question the Kremlin’s orders when he saw world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and former champion Vasyl Lomachenko pledge to defend Ukraine from invading Russian troops.
In a video released by Ukrainian officials, the remorseful soldier explained how state media portrayed Ukraine as a country in need of rescue from the grip of nationalists and “Nazis.”
He said: “I’m literally 100% wrong now. Don’t judge too harshly. We were told that Ukraine is dominated by fascists…Nazis would have seized power. We didn’t know the exact situation.
“As we entered this territory, I looked at the addresses of your boxers (Olexander Usyk and Vasily Lomachenko). I always enjoyed watching them at home.
“They said, ‘We didn’t call you here’. I’m ashamed that we came to this country.”
Current heavyweight champion Usyk was supposed to be training for his career fight against Anthony Joshua but has holed himself up in a Kiev bomb shelter after signing up for the besieged city’s defense unit.
Speaking from the bunker on Wednesday, he said CNN “What do you mean why?
“It is my duty to fight, to defend my home, my family.”
He vowed he would kill if urged, adding: “If they want to take my life or the life of my loved ones, I must do it.
“But I don’t want that. I don’t want to shoot, I don’t want to kill anyone, but if they kill me I have no choice.”
Usyk is not the only boxer to put his career on hold to fight against Putin’s army.
Several others have done the same, including three-division champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who is pictured shouldering an M16 assault rifle after enlisting to defend his home. .
The 34-year-old shared a picture of himself on social media carrying a gun and wearing camouflage suits.
Captioning the picture, he said: “Bilgorod-Dnistrovsky Territorial Defense Battalion is formed and armed.”
Former world boxing champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko also followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s call to arms and are reportedly now stationed in Kyiv.
As Putin’s war machine rumbles on, terrified Ukrainians remain under siege and have been pictured running for their lives to avoid major shelling as Russian troops surround two cities.
Horrific images from Irpin, just 16 miles from the capital Kyiv, show people ducking for cover as rockets rain down around them.
Soldiers and local residents who refuse to leave their homes can be seen helping elderly citizens onto a bus as they try to escape the scare.
Lying around them are the bodies of those who didn’t make it to safety, having been shot at as they tried to leave.
A heartbreaking image shows the bodies of a family killed trying to escape surrounded by suitcases containing their belongings.
A resident has covered them with a blanket, but they remain a symbol of the innocent slaughtered by Putin’s illegal invasion.
The sad images confirm that the Russians are shooting at the civilian population, despite assurances that guns are forbidden
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