A captured Russian soldier says he doesn’t like the invasion of Ukraine after hearing Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko’s statements about defending their country.
In a video released via Ukrainian outlet unian.ua, the soldier said he felt shame when he realized why they were fighting was wrong. He says the country is not fascists as Putin has said. With that, the soldier says Russia was completely wrong about it.
We were told that Ukraine allegedly… we were told this while being in Russia via media that Ukraine is dominated literally – I’m 100 percent wrong now don’t judge too harshly – Ukraine’s territory is dominated by fascists’ regime nationalists, Nazis have seized power,” the soldier said (via talkSport). “Sometimes we got something from some other sources, we could do a little analysis but we had some doubts, we did not know the situation for sure.
“I personally, just when we entered this territory when I watched the address of the professional boxers, your boxers,” he continued. Back home I always loved watching them, Usyk and Lomachenko, they are my favorites. I mean that when I say it. These people are just ready to take arms. They said ‘we didn’t call you here’ and I feel shame that we came to this country.”
Why he started to speak up was after hearing his favorite boxers, in Usyk and Lomachenko speak about the situation and defend their country. Both men, despite being two of the best boxers in the world are focused on putting their careers on pause to defend Ukraine.
Usyk was expected to rematch Anthony Joshua sometime this year but he says the war is bigger than fighting and his focus right now “is my duty to fight, to defend my home, my family.”
What do you make of the soldier saying Russia’s invasion is wrong?