Oleksandr Usyk stripped of his honors for his position on Russia’s war against Ukraine

Usyk has signed up in Kyiv’s Territorial Defense to defend against attacks from Russia and the heavyweight champion has now been stripped of his Crimean honors

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Oleksandr Usyk was stripped of his Crimean honors after enlisting in the Ukrainian Territorial Army.

Usyk returned to Ukraine in February to register with the Kyiv Territorial Defense and protect his home country after Russia led a full-scale invasion. The heavyweight champion was born in the Crimean town of Simferopol but now lives with his family in Kyiv.

The 35-year-old has since left Ukraine to prepare for his world title rematch against Anthony Joshua later this year. Crimean Parliament Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov revealed that Usyk was among the list of names to be given honorary titles this week.

“These are [people] who organized and welcomed the water and energy blockade of Crimea, who question the fairness and legitimacy of our return to Russia, who smeared themselves with Russophobia. Such people do not deserve a good memory,” Konstantinov said. RIA.

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Crimea is a region that has been disputed by Ukraine and Russia for hundreds of years. Since 2014, the peninsula is considered part of the Russian Federation. Usyk has avoided discussing the reunification of Crimea during his career, stating only that the region belongs to “God”.

Usyk was one of many Ukrainian boxers who helped defend his country against Russian attacks. Former heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko and three-weight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko were among those fighters who joined Usyk.

Lomachenko, who has sworn to stay in Ukraine until the end of the war, said: “My country is Ukraine. I live here, I was born here, I grew up here. If I wanted to leave, I would have done it a long time ago. since.”

Oleksandr Usyk was pictured taking up arms against the Russian invasion

Usyk’s wife, Kateryna, recently said that he lost 10 kg in a week due to mental stress from the invasion. The heavyweight champion saw neighbors being dragged and shot, with Kateryna admitting the crisis ‘ripped him apart’.

“I said ‘Sasha, please, people ask, you need to talk, somehow support’ It’s very difficult for him. He doesn’t really like giving interviews in normal times, in peacetime anyway. Now it’s hard for him but he always goes on the air to say something,” Kateryna told PravdaTUT Lviv.

“His position is clear, he has always been for Ukraine. He has always glorified it and will glorify it as long as he has enough health and strength.”

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