Vitali Klitschko calls Vladimir Putin a ‘gangrene’ as he begins training with Ukraine’s military reservists

In an exclusive interview, the boxer turned politician urged western allies to meet Russian aggression with strength of their own.

By Marcus1 January 2022 •

Vitali Klitschko calls Vladimir Putin a 'gangrene' as he begins training with Ukraine’s military reservists
Vitali Klitschko seen dressed in army combat uniform CREDIT: Instagram

Vitali Klitschko, the heavyweight boxer turned mayor of Kyiv, has described Vladimir Putin as a “gangrene” affecting Europe as he has begun training with Ukraine’s military reservists in anticipation of a potential conflict.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Klitschko said he recently took part in Kyiv’s Territorial Defenсe training exercises in anticipation of a Russian invasion that included military simulations and tactical training, movement drills and the operational planning issues in case of invasion.

“Many of us served in the army and those skills had to be restored. I think that such training is essential for top and middle-level officials of a country that has been at war for almost eight years,” he said.

The 50-year-old was elected as Mayor of Kyiv in February 2014, in the midst of Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. In a previous career, he was a world heavyweight boxing champion, winning 45 of his 47 professional fights and earning the nickname ‘Dr Ironfist’ for his formidable, knockout punching power.

Combining brains with his brawn, the 6 foot 7 heavyweight was also the first professional boxer to earn a PhD, graduating from the Kyiv University of Physical Science and Sport in 2000 with a doctorate in Sport Science. 

Following his boxing career, Mr Klitschko founded the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) party, which he used as a platform to become Mayor of Kyiv, a position he has been re-elected to twice more.

Vitaly Klitschko talking with pro-European integration protesters in Kyiv in 2014
Vitaly Klitschko talking with pro-European integration protesters in Kyiv in 2014CREDIT: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

He has so far proved an effective political operator, overseeing the construction of hundreds of kilometres of roads, shuttering illegal kiosks that littered the capital’s streets and becoming one of the faces for the push for greater European integration.

His tenure has not been criticism free, however, particularly by those who say his coronavirus restrictions infringed on “individual liberties”. Less than 60 per cent of Kyiv’s residents have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine despite a concerted push by his administration. 

He believes that his background as a celebrity athlete will serve him well should conflict arise.

“I think it is more about character traits that all professional athletes share. Self-discipline, meticulousness, persistence and a strong sense of focus are key principles that help you succeed, no matter what you are doing,” he told the Telegraph.

“As for my celebrity status…My connections are very helpful and give me a big advantage. Because Ukraine cannot overcome the tough challenges it faces without friends and reliable partners.” 

The Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine are the nation’s military reservists. Divided into 25 units, the 100,000 reservists and civilian volunteers are assigned to each of Ukraine’s oblasts, including the capital Kyiv.

While not fully trained guerilla fighters, during war time the reservists are assigned key roles including maintaining law and order and protecting key infrastructure sites.

Vitali Klitschko calls Vladimir Putin a 'gangrene' as he begins training with Ukraine’s military reservists
Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces, the military reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, take part in a military exercise near Kyiv CREDIT: SERGEI SUPINSKY /AFP

Kyiv itself is undergoing preparations for invasion, with the City Council designating its basement as a bomb shelter alongside 4,928 other underground spaces including subway stations and coffee shop basements.

Members of the organisation are required to purchase all their own equipment, including body armour, ballistic helmets, uniforms, weapons, ammunition, and communications gear. Most of the guns they own are private hunting weapons acquired by individual reservists.

Thousands of Ukrainians have signed short-term contracts with the organisation. They live their normal daily lives, but should war be declared, they will be required to defend their nation.

Russia has spent much of the last several months amassing tens of thousands of troops on the border with Ukraine, though recently pulled some of those forces backas it prepares for talks with the United States.

Russia has demanded a series of concessions from Nato, including legally binding guarantees from the West that Nato will bar Ukraine or any other foreigner Soviet state in eastern Europe from joining the alliance and will not deploy any weapons or troops near Russia’s border.

However, Mr Klitschko has urged the West not to bow under Russian aggression, calling for tough retaliatory measures to get Mr Putin to back down as well as issuing a stark warning to the Russian president.

“We will not let you pull us back into the Soviet empire that we have rejected forever. Ukraine has chosen the European path and wants to establish itself as a rightful member of the European family – historically, geographically and mentally.”

“A response should be tough and unwavering and include not only cutting Russia off the global financial markets, suspending the certification process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and imposing personal sanctions against Russia’s top officials but also a package of increased military aid with the most advanced weapons,” he said. 

“Those measures should have been in place much earlier, before a forthcoming Russian invasion.”

Writing in the German newspaper Bild last month, he said he is prepared to join the “fight for my mother country” and training with Ukraine’s military reservists in preparation for any conflict.

But Ukraine cannot win alone. It is only through partnerships and alliances that Mr Klitchsko believes Russian aggression can be pushed back. The Kyiv mayor was full of praise for Boris Johnson, who has previously said that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be “catastrophic for the world”.

“I would thank Boris for all the support that Great Britain gives Ukraine,” Mr Klitschko said. “Also, I would assure him that the help of our partners with whom we share the democratic values is of crucial importance for us.”


  1. Well said Vitalyk! The kremtrolls haven’t descended on the above article yet. In anticipation of that, I posted the following:

    “I’m surprised that he does not mention the Budapest Memorandum of 1995, in which the US, UK and Russia guaranteed the integrity of Ukraine’s borders. We expect a criminal dictatorship like Russia to renege, as they always do, but it is disgraceful that the US and UK have proved to be almost as treacherous as Russia. Biden promised “unwavering support”, then demonstrated the opposite. Boris has also been supportive, but mainly in words.
    What Ukraine urgently needs is a sophisticated air defence architecture. SAM’s and SSM’s in huge numbers.
    No doubt the reptilian brains of the Putin-grovelling trolls that haunt articles like this will be filled with excitement at the death and misery that the little poisoner wants to inflict on the people of Ukraine, who already suffered 360 years of occupation and genocide from Russia.”

    One scumsukkah just posted more bullshit about “spheres of influence.” Cunt. Here it is:

    C The Context
    “It is essential for the UK not to get dragged into this conflict. This isn’t Poland and it’s not 1939. If Russia wants a sphere of influence a long way from us, I can’t see how it’s our business; especially a sphere of influence consistent with its history.”

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  2. Vitali Klitschko is a great man. That is it in a nutshell. This man demands great respect. Being a multi-millionaire, he could be squatting in his other home in Hamburg, Germany and say, “What does Ukraine concern me?” He could be living the good life, far away from the troubles in Ukraine and another possible mafia assault.
    But, he isn’t doing this. Instead, he is the mayor of the county’s largest city, no doubt having more than enough to do in this regard and even volunteers to go through military training. He is being exemplary in every way possible, a positive role model for every man, woman, and child. I hope that most people appreciate his admirable efforts.
    I, for one, will write him or his office a letter of appreciation.
    And, of course, he is absolutely right by his remark of the little sewer rat being gangrene.

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    • I fully agree facts. An exemplary man who commands respect. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
      I can only repeat that in my view, Nato will continue to block Ukraine’s membership indefinitely and therefore Ukraine must adopt a wartime economy in which 20-25% of the economy is devoted to the armed forces. It’s the only way to be safe from putinoid scum.
      Clearly the Budapest signatories are not going to honour their obligations in full.
      I am ashamed of that.

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