As Russian troops drawn in closer to the Ukranian capital, Kyviv mayor...
As Russian troops drawn in closer to the Ukranian capital, Kyviv mayor Vitali Klitschko expresses his pride over his citizen's spirit, yet his anxiety about how long they can hold out.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko is currently armed and ready to defend his country against Russian aggression. Klitschko, who is also a former heavyweight boxing champion, has vowed to fight for Ukraine's freedom and independence.
Despite being worth millions, he has the capability of being anywhere in the world yet he stands firm with his people which is why many see him as a strong leader who is willing to stand up for his beliefs.
In an interview with The Associate Press on Sunday, after a long and arduous night of brutal Russian attacks on the city outskirts, Mayor Vitali Klitschko was questioned about plans to evacuate citizens.
After several seconds passed, Klitschko responded, "We can't do that, because all ways are blocked...All ways are blocked and right now we are encircled - everywhere is Russians and we don't have a way to evacuate the people. And everyone who had plans to evacuate himself already moved."
Later that day, the offical spokesperson and even the Mayor himself recanted his earlier statements claiming, "In the evening, Russian Internet publications spread information with reference to me that Kyiv is allegedly surrounded and evacuation of people is impossible. ... Do not believe lies! Trust information only from official sources."
Klitcschko relayed to AP reporters, that the country was not in 100% control but that share his faith in their patriotic people.
The mayor goes on to say, "That's why the message for everyone is support Ukraine together...we are strong. Every Ukrainian is proud to be independent, proud to be Ukrainian, and we are proud to have our own country."
1. Francesca Ebel "Kyviv mayor proud of citizens' spirit, anxious about future," APNews, accessed Feb 28 2022, https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-kyiv-europe-e9cd115540b398be26dfcaf472ec1621