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Usyk recalls the nightmare of the Ukrainian frontline: I saw people with no arms or legs, others like walking dead

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk will fight Daniel Dubois on August 24, which is Ukraine's National Independence Day, at the Tarczyski Arena in Wroclaw, Poland, with the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles at stake.

Ahead of the bout, Usyk has given an interview in which he spoke about the dramatic situation Ukraine is experiencing due to Russia's invasion.

Oleksandr Usyk fires a mortar while visiting Ukrainian soldiers this week

"I went home to the front line," he said, according to The Daily Mail.

"I lived with the troops. I was there for them.

"Through binoculars from 900 metres I saw my enemies running, tanks exploding, houses broken.

"I saw people with no arms or legs. I saw those who could still walk looking like the walking dead.

"Everything, everywhere, dead. I went by car around a city. A dead city. Zero energy.

"We went past a kids' playground. The toys are lying in that place but no children playing. It was dead."

The reactions of Oleksandr Usyk's compatriots

Usyk, who received a dispensation from president Volodymyr Zelenskyy to leave Ukraine, confessed that during his time at the front some people could not believe that he wanted to be there.

"Some of the men I was with on the frontline did not understand me wanting to be with them," he said.

"They asked me 'Why are you here? What are you doing? Even some of the generals don't come to this place'.

"I told them I was no general, just a regular Ukrainian guy, like them.

"I spent a lot of time with these people. Few of them are professional soldiers. They are not ready to be in a war.

"One was a banker. One a baker. Another a businessman. There are some real soldiers but most of those on the frontline are not.

"They are only there to fight for freedom and we are going to win that freedom."

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