Oleksandr Usyk: Boxing world champion shares footage of his family’s home in the Ukrainian territory before the Russians

Usyk posted a photo of himself in front of the house on his verified Instagram account story on Tuesday with a Vorzel location tag.

The photos show Usyk, 35, standing next to a Ukrainian flag outside the fence of his house.

In April, Ukrainian news channel ICTV tweeted images from Usyk’s wife Yekaterina’s Instagram story showing their house being destroyed and burned, writing, “Russian world! It came to me too! Beasts! They just ruined everything, they were sh. *Ex like!”

In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian in August, Usy said that his house was destroyed by Russian soldiers, but that “people are rebuilding, so everything will be fine.”

Usyk defeated British boxer Anthony Joshua for the second time on August 20 in Saudi Arabia to retain the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. and returned home to Ukraine on August 29, according to an Instagram post.
When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Usy traveled to Ukraine and joined the territorial defense battalion.

“If they want to take my life or the lives of those close to me, I’m going to have to,” Usy told CNN’s Don Riddell. “But I don’t want that. I don’t want to shoot, I don’t want to kill anybody, but if they were to kill me, I won’t have a choice.”

In March, Ukraine’s sports minister said Usy would be allowed to return to training ahead of the fight with Joshua, but the 35-year-old was still reluctant.

“I really didn’t want to leave our country, I didn’t want to leave our city,” Usy told reporters, according to Reuters. “I went to the hospital where the soldiers were wounded and rehabilitated from the war.

“They asked me to go, to fight, to fight for the country, to fight for your pride and if you are going to go there, you will help our country more.

“I know that a lot of people close to me, friends, close friends, are right now on the front line and fighting. What I’m doing right now, I’m accepting, and I wanted to bring them with this fight. Some kind of joy among what they do.”

Along with a parallel offensive from the south, Ukraine has seized a total of 6,000 square kilometers (about 2,300 square miles) of land in the northeast, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday.

From these battles in the north-east the Ukrainians have got a huge arms haul, as Russian troops sacrificed their vehicles whole to escape with their lives.