Klitschko issues Ukraine’s rallying cry — RT Sport News

The former world heavyweight champion made the call in a social media post in English

Wladimir Klitschko claimed that Ukraine has a “infinite will to exist” as the former world heavyweight boxing king posted a message on social media amid ongoing tensions with Russia.

Fears of a major conflict in the Donbas region have intensified in recent days after shelling by Ukrainian forces was reported against two breakaway republics in the region.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), which were once part of Ukraine. Putin has since ordered Russian troops to enter the region as a peacekeeping force.

Putin orders Russian military to ‘secure peace’ in Donbass

Ukraine’s western allies have claimed Russia is planning a full-scale invasion of its neighbor – although Moscow has repeatedly denied its aggressive intentions.

Taking to Twitter to issue a rallying cry, former unified world heavyweight king Klitschko said Ukraine would stand up.

“Be sure: Ukraine is strong!” wrote the 45-year-old in English.

“It has a strong #Kyiv capital, strong cities, villages and a strong, solid and united people who value above all their independence, sovereignty and peace in Europe. His WILL to exist is infinite. Glory to Ukraine!”

Klitschko’s older brother and former world heavyweight champion Vitali is currently mayor of Kyiv.

As tensions rose with Russia, Wladimir Klitschko was seen enlisting in his country’s reserve forces in front of cameras earlier in February.

“It’s a bare part that’s in me, that I can’t leave like that. When I see that my country is geopolitically in difficulty, I am there”, he told reporters.

A former multiple title holder, Klitschko has fought only once in Ukraine during his 69-fight professional career, with the vast majority of his fights taking place in Germany or the United States.

Klitschko’s lone fight in his homeland came in Kiev in December 1998, when he suffered a shock TKO loss to American Ross Puritty – the first defeat of his professional career.

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