Wladimir Klitschko has urged other countries to provide Ukraine with supplies and financial support after the Russian invasion, with the former world heavyweight boxing champion fearing the attack could spread to other nations.
Talk to Sky Sports News’ Rob Dorsett, Klitschko – who took up arms – praised the Western world for “standing for and with” Ukraine, but said further help was imperative.
“Coming to our house and killing our men, women and children is not humane, anything any human can do,” Klitschko, 45, said.
“We need supplies, we need food, we need medicine. We need all support, financial support, because we are alone in this.
“But, in a way, we are all together. The Western democratic world is for us and with us. This war, if it does not stop in Ukraine, it will spread.
“If any of you think, ‘it’s in Ukraine, I don’t care’, you should do it. Don’t underestimate it, we should deal with it quickly.
“Stopping this Russian aggression in any way is crucial. We don’t have time to hesitate, it must be done quickly.
“It’s just unimaginable what happens in this beautiful country to these beautiful people.”
“Proud to see united sports communities”
Klitschko welcomed the way many sports bodies have come together to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in events since the outbreak of the military attack on Ukraine.
FIFA and UEFA have banned Russian clubs and national teams from participating “until further notice”, with many other sports organizations following suit.
Klitschko added: “I am proud of the unity of the world and to see the sporting communities standing together – the IOC, the boxing federations, UEFA, FIFA, Formula 1.
“Ban Russian teams from participating. I have nothing against the athletes but they present the regime and somehow the connection with this war.
“It’s never enough until the war stops, but it’s important to show that the world does not agree with this war, that the world of sport does not agree .”
On the current situation in Ukraine, Klitschko said: “It’s a very difficult time in the life of Ukrainians. I never thought I was going to face war.
“You see and hear the explosions, the rockets, the destroyed vehicles, the buildings – it’s absolutely terrifying what war can do.
“I’m proud of the Ukrainian nation. Everyone is fighting back. I’ve never been more proud to be Ukrainian than now.”
Ukrainian athletes fighting against the Russian invasion
A number of Ukrainian athletes, including Klitschko brothers Wladmir and Vitali and fellow boxers Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk, took up arms after the Russian invasion.
Recently retired Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky also explained his intention to return to Kyiv and fight. while current Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov and former Arsenal defender Oleh Luzhnyi plan to defend their nation.