From Beating Anthony Joshua In The Ring To Handling Rifle On The Battlefield – Oleksandr Usyk’s Story

Oleksandr Usyk

Oleksandr Usyk has returned to Ukraine after Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of the country by Russia.

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The Ukrainian unified heavyweight champion of the world had been in the UK earlier this week, but has now flown home at a time when many others are fleeing.

Upon arriving back in his homeland, Usyk posted a message on social media.

He spoke in Ukrainian, but the caption was in English.

It simply read: “NO WAR.”

In the video itself, Usyk dismissed claims that he’d ‘ran away’ from the situation as he was in the UK when the invasion started on Thursday morning.

“Some wrote to me that I ran away. I didn’t, I was at work but I’m back, I’m home,” he said.

“Friends, we have to unite because it’s a hard time right now and I’m really emotional and worry about my country, and our people.”


On Saturday, Usyk posted another video on his social channels pleading with Putin to ‘stop this war’.

He said: “I’d like to speak to the people of Russia. If we consider ourselves as brothers, orthodox ones. Do not let your children to set out to our country, do not fight with us.

“Also I’m addressing this to the President Vladimir Putin. You can stop this war. Please just sit down and negotiate it with us without claims.

“Our kids, wives, grannies are hiding in the basements… We are here in our own country, we cannot do it other way – we are defending… Stop it! Stop this war.”


On Thursday, Ukraine’s former champions Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko sent a united message.

Wladimir had already enlisted in the Ukrainian reserve army, while Mayor of Kiev Vitali has confirmed he will take up arms.

Together, the Klitschkos launched a joint video appeal, speaking in Ukrainian, Russian and English.

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In the English version, Wladimir said: “I’m calling to all international partners to observe this tragedy that is happening nowadays in Ukraine.

“And this senseless war that is not going to have any winners, but losers.

“I just want to tell you we must stay united against this aggression, against Russian aggression.

“Don’t let it continue happening in Ukraine, don’t let it happen in Europe and eventually in the world.

“United we are strong, support Ukraine, thank you.”

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