Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko say "weak" Vladimir Putin is "playing macho"

Russian president Vladimir Putin has been accused of "pretending to be macho" with his invasion of Ukraine by heavyweight icons Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko who have called the mad leader "weak".

Wladimir, who held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring magazine titles and Vitali, who held the WBO and WBC belts across his career, have spoken about the Russian villain from their heavily guarded bunker in Kyiv.

The brothers have become heroes in the fight to keep the invaders at bay having joined Ukraine's Territorial Army, of which Wladimir is chief, on the front line in the battle-torn streets.

Vitali, who is also mayor of Kyiv, told The Mirror: "Russians were once thought of as our brothers. And I have always been taught that you must never fight your brother."

Adding: "We are half Russian – our mum is Russian so how can I hate Russians? I just hate what Putin is doing. Putin is not just evil, he is mentally sick, a coward, pretending to be macho to hide his weakness."

With Wladimir agreeing: "Putin is playing macho.

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"Inside, though, he was always weak, but wanting to play the 'strongman'."

The Guardian reported on Friday (June 10) that Ukrainian casualties are between 600 and 1,000 each day, and 20,000 per month.

Back in March, Vitali told Sky News that their group had already killed six Russian soldiers while trying to find separatist groups

The 50-year-old told CNN: "I am very proud to see how patriotic people are.

"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."

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