The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Accused Usik of Destroying the Myth About “Russian Aggression”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko accused the Ukrainian boxer Aleksandr Usik of undermining the myth about “Russian aggression” because of his victory in Moscow against the Russian Murat Gassiev

“Several more events in Moscow with the participation of Ukrainians like this and nobody in the world will believe in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. They will believe only in ‘friendship’. And this is serious,” wrote Kirilenko in all seriousness on his social network page.

The strange statement of the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister was already evaluated by the member of the committee of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs Dmitry Svishchev.

“What was Usik supposed to say after winning a fight against one of his strongest competitors? The fight was fair, the refereeing was fair, no aggression was shown at all. A good attitude was shown to Usik…

Usik thanked Moscow for organising a wonderful fight, and our athlete … pronounced really kind words that correspond to the status of a world-class athlete…

And concerning Kirilenko’s words … What did he expect? That after the victory Usik will say how bad everything is here, that there is aggression here, and that bears and vatniks sit in the corners?

It’s exactly like with the World Cup, foreign fans went there with one mood, and left with a different one.

Sporting events should remove barriers between peoples. For me it is surprising that Ukrainian officials of such a high level say such stupid, absolutely unseemly things,” quotes Sport Ekspress from the words of Svishchev.

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