Mayor of Kyiv and former world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin is "not healthy" and a "danger to the whole world".
His claims come amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Putin's troops closing in on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
Klitschko, who has been mayor of Kyiv since 2014, recently said that Ukrainians "want to fight" despite a barrage of bombing runs and attacks on Ukrainian civilians from Russian forces.
The 50-year-old also said residents of Kyiv had asked him for weapons and were eager to continue their resistance against invading Russian forces, whose invasion is said to have stalled.
Klitschko, in an interview with Sky News, said: "Every day the civilians ask me 'Please, mayor, we need the weapons, we are ready to defend our families, our houses and our city'."
An on-the-ground reporter asked if the latest Russian attack on Ukrainian civilians was a "mistake," to which Klitschko rubbished, asking "how many mistakes" the Russians had made in the last few days.
He said: "We're talking about his [Putin's] mistakes, last morning was a mistake? Huge mistakes to destroy Kharkiv and Mariupol? How many mistakes, how many civilians have to be killed?
"What can they explain about special operation? This war is against civilians, against Ukrainian population. I see no military here."
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The former boxing champion also stated he did not believe Russian President Putin was healthy, saying there was "no reason to talk to him."
Klitschko said: "He's not healthy, there's no reason to talk to him. To do it like that in my home country, it's not a healthy man – he's unhealthy. It's a huge danger not for Ukraine but for the whole world."
Russia is now three weeks into their invasion of Ukraine, and sources indicate the invasion could have stalled as international sanctions and pressure mount against Putin.
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