Oleksandr Usyk returns to his family home in Ukraine which was occupied and ransacked by the Russians after the invasion – as the world heavyweight champion unfurls the national flag in his garden
- Oleksandr Usyk was pictured standing outside his family home in Ukraine
- The house had been taken over by Russians while he was out of the country
- Usyk had left to prepare to fight Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia
- The house was allegedly used as a base by Russia, then it was ransacked
- Footage has surfaced showing the damage done, but Usyk is now back home
Oleksandr Usyk has apparently returned to his family home, which was occupied by Russian soldiers, in Vorzel, Ukraine.
The world champion’s home was destroyed while he was out of the country to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia, but footage surfaced today of the 35-year-old standing outside his home with a Ukrainian flag raised.
Usyk’s wife, Yekaterina, posted an image of the house on social media that looks more worn, but it is now back in the hands of the rightful owner.
Oleksandr Usyk returned home after the Russians recaptured it after their invasion
Usyk was out of the country to fight Anthony Joshua in a world heavyweight clash
It has been reported in recent days that Ukrainian forces have retaken significant amounts of land from Russia following the invasion of the country, which began earlier this year.
It’s unclear if Usyk getting his house back was one of them, but the heavyweight is safely back home.
It was reported that the house was used as a base by the Russians, before they ransacked it and left.
The letters “V” and “Z” – which the Russians use to mark their equipment and bases – have been sprayed on the front of the house.
Footage shared on social media by Usyk’s wife, Yekaterina, showed the damage done
The Usyks have found their home, but Ukraine is still threatened by Russian invasion
In the image shared by Yekaterina Usyk, the garden is dug up with rubble strewn across the grass.
The debris is clearly visible, but a dog can be seen sniffing around as the family assesses their surroundings.
The caption, written in Russian, roughly translates to: “The Russian world has come to my house. Animals. They ruined everything, as always.
In a follow-up image, Usyk himself stands outside the door, with the “V” and “Z” still visible although painted, his hands in his pockets next to the Ukrainian flag.
Usyk had spent time fighting the invasion in Ukraine earlier this year, but left at the request of President Volodymyr Zelensky to fight Joshua in a highly anticipated heavyweight rematch.
Usyk won by split decision last month and has now returned home aiming to help his country further.