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Russia’s invasion: Ukrainian boxer, Lomachenko joins the military to defend his country

Photo of Vitaly Hrazhdan and Lomachenko


Ukrainian boxer, Vasyl Lomachenko has voluntarily taken up arms in defence of his country from Russian invaders.

Having joined the Belgorod-Dniester Terror Defence Battalion in his hometown, the 34-year-old has been pictured with an M16 assault rifle. 

Lomachenko, who is one of the best boxers on the planet, returned home to enlist in the Territorial Army in defence of his people against Russian soldiers.

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The pound-for-pound boxing star was initially said to have left for Greece in the wake of the Russian invasion but has now returned to take part in the fight.

He reposted a message from local mayor Vitaly Hrazhdan, who shared a photo of himself and the boxer dressed in military uniform on his Facebook page.

A post by Lomachenko reads: “The Belgorod-Dniestr Territorial Defense Battalion has been formed and armed. Boxer Vasyl Lomachenko is on the defensive.”

Last week, Ukraine was invaded by Russian military force after weeks of rising political tensions in the region.

The conflict escalated on Friday, with the fighting reaching the capital city of Kyiv as Russian President Vladimir Putin put his nuclear deterrent forces on ‘alert’ on Sunday.

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According to Ukraine’s health ministry who spoke on Sunday, 352 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since Russia invaded the country last Thursday.

Russia calls its action in Ukraine a “special operation.”

Recall that retired Ukrainian boxer, Vitali Klitschko had announced plans and preparation to fight for his country against Russia.

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