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Ukraine's boxing legend Vitali Klitschko has revealed his kill count after he and his brother Wladimir vowed to be "ready to die" defending their country against Russia.
The two former heavyweight world champions are currently defending Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Vitali is currently the city's mayor.
Ukrainian forces are reportedly looking for separate Russian groups within the city and the brothers had so far been successful in their mission.
Vitali, 50, told Sky News that he and his 45-year-old brother "killed some people, I guess six people last night".
In a further interview with CNN, he claimed to be proud of how patriotic the Ukrainian people are and showed no fear of Russian forces.
He said: "We’re not interested in how strong the Russian army is, we’re ready to fight.
“And we’re ready to die for our home country and for our families because it’s our home. It’s our future and somebody wants to come to our home and steal our future from us.”
The news comes after the brothers sent out a video message asking for international partners to stand together against Russia.
Wladimir said: "I’m calling to all international partners to observe this tragedy that is happening nowadays in Ukraine and this senseless war which is not going to have any winners or losers.
"I just want to tell you we must stay united against this aggression, this Russian aggression.
"Don’t let it continue happening in Ukraine, don’t let it happen in Europe and eventually in the world. United we’re strong. Support Ukraine, thank you."
Yesterday (Wednesday, March 2) Russian officials finally announced that 498 of their soldiers have died since they invaded Ukraine last week with the number of people wounded standing at 1,597.
The fighting has continued for over a week since Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine.
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