Vitali Klitschko, who happens to hold three boxing titles of world champion, a PhD in Sports Science, and most recently elected to the Ukrainian Member of Parliament (MP) has announced that he intends to run for the Eastern European nation's presidential election later this year, as reported by the right-of-center news portal Breitbart.com as well as CNBC, both on Mar. 6, 2014.
The son of a Major General in the now defunct Soviet Air Force, "Dr. Ironfist" Klitschko recently took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev along with thousands of his countrymen to voice their opposition to then-President Viktor Yanukovych's staunchly pro-Russian agenda.
Initially peaceful until Yanukovych ordered armed troops to open fire on the protesters, the Ukrainian Parliament constitutionally removed Yanukovych office.
It was at those protests that the former WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine heavyweight champion exhorted his fellow citizens:
Tomorrow we will go forward together. And if it’s a bullet in the forehead, then it’s a bullet in the forehead.
Since then, Russian troops have successfully completed a bloodless takeover of the sovereign Ukrainian soil of the Crimean Peninsula.
It was then that the Member of Parliament who is also the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Party declared:
Parliament must ask the army’s commander-in-chief to declare national mobilization after the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Klitschko is openly in favor of his nation joining both the European Union and the NATO military alliance, much to the chagrin of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who wants to keep The Ukraine with the Russian sphere of influence.
The Champ certainly doesn't hold back exactly what his opinion is of the Russian President:
He [Putin] is worried of what is happening because the [Ukrainian] people don't want to…live with this corruption, live without human rights and that is why the people want the changes.
So far, only Klitschko and former President Yulia Tymoschenko have announced their run for the presidency.