The Italian person and erstwhile PM, whose Forza Italia enactment belongs to a right-wing conjugation expected to triumph the wide predetermination connected Sunday, is simply a long-time person of Putin and his comments are apt to alarm Western allies.
'Putin was pushed by the Russian people, by his party, by his ministers to travel up with this peculiar operation,' Berlusconi told Italian nationalist tv RAI precocious connected Thursday, utilizing the authoritative Russian wording for the war.
Silvio Berlusconi has sparked fury by claiming Vladimir Putin was 'pushed' into invading Ukraine
The Italian person and erstwhile PM is simply a long-time person of Putin and his comments are apt to alarm Western allies (pictured successful 2015)
Russia's program was primitively to conquer Kyiv 'in a week', and regenerate the democratically elected Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky with 'a authorities of decent people' and get retired 'in different week,' helium said.
'I haven't adjacent understood wherefore Russian troops dispersed astir Ukraine portion successful my caput they should person lone stuck astir Kyiv', said the 85-year-old Berlusconi, who erstwhile described Putin arsenic being similar a younger brother.
Putin's stated warfare aims person varied during the seven-month war. Ukraine initially chased his troops from the Kyiv area, and much precocious from parts of the northeast adjacent the Russia border.
Putin present says the main purpose is to unafraid territory successful Ukraine's Donbas portion partially controlled by pro-Russia separatists.
Facing wide condemnation from opponents for his words, Berlusconi released a connection connected Friday saying his views had been 'oversimplified'.
'The aggression against Ukraine is unjustifiable and unacceptable, (Forza Italia's) presumption is clear. We volition ever beryllium with the EU and NATO,' helium said.
Berlusconi's Forza Italia enactment belongs to a right-wing conjugation expected to triumph the wide predetermination connected Sunday
A antheral walks connected a destroyed span successful Kochetok, Kharkiv region, amid Russia's barbaric invasion
A pistillate collects wood for heating from a destroyed schoolhouse wherever Russian forces were based successful the precocious retaken country of Izium
Under outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy has been a staunch protagonist of Western sanctions connected Russia pursuing the invasion.
Giorgia Meloni of the far-right Brothers of Italy, tipped arsenic the adjacent premier, has pledged to instrumentality to that position, but Berlusconi and her different state Matteo Salvini of the League person been much ambivalent.
Berlusconi has shrugged disconnected sick wellness and ungraded to stay a large subordinate successful the rightist alliance, adjacent if his Forza Italia is the inferior spouse present among its 3 main parties.
'These are scandalous and precise superior words,' the person of the centre-left Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, said astir Berlusconi's remarks.
A Ukrainian subject subordinate stands adjacent to a destroyed freight wagon struck successful Russian shelling
'If connected Sunday nighttime the effect is favourable to the right, the happiest idiosyncratic would beryllium Putin,' Letta said connected RAI radio.
Centrist person Carlo Calenda, different predetermination contender, told Radio24: 'Yesterday Berlusconi spoke similar a Putin general. It is wholly outrageous.'
Berlusconi said connected Thursday that Moscow's determination to invade came successful effect to an entreaty by pro-Russian separatists successful eastbound Ukraine.
He said their leaders had gone to the Kremlin and straight told Putin, 'please support us, due to the fact that if you bash not support us, we don't cognize wherever we could extremity up.'
Voting began connected Friday successful 4 Ukrainian regions mostly held by Russian forces including the separatists, the commencement of a program by Putin to annex a large chunk of Ukraine.