SPORT: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are heading to the front line and both are “ready to die” for Ukraine.

March 6, 2022, 6:15 pm

The Klitschko broth­ers walked to the front line in Kiev ahead of a Russ­ian siege and said they were “ready to die for Ukraine”.

Vitali and his for­mer world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pi­on broth­er Wladimir vis­it­ed a mil­i­tary check­point on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal on Sunday.

Footage from the front line shows Vitali, who is Kyiv’s may­or, and his broth­er being escort­ed around the check­point in body armor by Ukrain­ian defenders.

The vis­it comes as Vitaly has claimed he is ready to die defend­ing the capital.

The 50-year-old took up arms along­side his younger broth­er and will only leave his cap­i­tal vic­to­ri­ous or dead.

“I’m very proud to see how patri­ot­ic peo­ple are,” he told CNN. “We are not inter­est­ed in the strength of the Russ­ian army, we are ready to fight.

“And we are ready to die for our coun­try of ori­gin and for our fam­i­lies, because it is our home.

“This is our future and some­one wants to come to our house and steal our future.”

When asked how long he thought his makeshift army could hold off Vladimir Putin’s maraud­ing thugs, he admit­ted his own mor­tal­i­ty was part of the equation.

“I’m not ready to give you a straight answer,” he said. “So long, so long — if we are still alive”.

The two for­mer heavy­weight cham­pi­ons told Sky News they have already killed six peo­ple in the cap­i­tal where Ukrain­ian troops are try­ing to elim­i­nate sep­a­rate Russ­ian groups.

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