Putin was 'pushed' into Ukraine war, says Italy's Berlusconi Russian President Vladimir Putin was "pushed" into the war on Ukraine to install a new government in Kyiv, former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi said late on Thursday, in comments likely to concern Western allies ahead of Italy's election.
Berlusconi, on eve of Italy election, says Putin was ‘pushed into Ukraine war’
Putin wanted ‘a government of decent people’, says Italian
Silvio Berlusconi: Ex-PM defends Russian war on eve of Italian election
Italy's former PM said Vladimir Putin wanted to replace the Kyiv government with "decent people".
Berlusconi claims Russians ‘pushed’ Putin into Ukraine war
Italian former PM’s party is part of coalition expected to win Sunday’s general election
Berlusconi draws a backlash for appearing to defend Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Italy’s former prime minister said that the Russian president was “pushed” to invade Ukraine, remarks that drew fierce criticism days before an election.