“It is my duty to fight, to defend my home, my family.”

The 35-year-old added: “If they will want to take my life, or the lives of my close ones, I will have to do it.

“But I don’t want that. I don’t want to shoot, I don’t want to kill anybody, but if they will be killing me, I will have no choice.”

Usyk and Lomachenko headline a number of athletes who have returned to defend their country.