Boxing legend trains defense against Russian tanks – Klitschko exercises defense of Ukraine against Putin – politics abroad

Fighting is his life!

Kiev’s mayor and boxing legend Vitali Klitschko (49) practices defending against Russian tanks at a firing range in Ukraine. This time his weapons are not his fists, but machine guns, hand grenades and anti-aircraft cannons – the former world boxing champion is serious!

The message to Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin (68): You won’t get our country without a fight.


Proud of his country: the flag of Ukraine can be found on Klitschko's camouflage jacket

Klitschko during shooting trainingPhoto: – / dpa

“I am convinced that we have to be well prepared to defend our city and its inhabitants and our state if necessary,” said Klitschko. He is responsible for the security of the citizens.


Klitschko and his comrades on the shooting range in the snow

Klitschko and his comrades on the shooting range in the snowPhoto: – / dpa

The district mayors also took part in the shooting training with heavy machine guns. They also practiced persevering in a hole in the ground under an approaching tank followed by a hand grenade throwing.


Klitschko on the way to the hole in the ground

Klitschko in the trenchesPhoto: STR / AFP

According to Klitschko, the military exercises should take place regularly in the future.


Vitali Klitschko and his deputies are on their way to a military exercise on a firing range

Vitali Klitschko and his deputies are on their way to a military exercise on a firing rangePhoto: – / dpa

Since the coup in Kiev, the Russian annexation of the Black Sea Peninsula of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent support of separatists in Donbass by the Kremlin, Ukraine sees itself militarily threatened by its neighbors. According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people were killed in the seven-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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