On Tuesday, the Republican said that Russia had done a brilliant thing by recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump called Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine a “sad event” for the whole world. He outlined such an assessment, speaking on Fox News on Thursday.

“This should never have happened. This would not have happened under my administration,” he argued.

“This is a very sad event for the world, for the country, and definitely for a lot of people who will be killed in vain,” Trump stated. Last Tuesday, the Republican said that Russia had acted brilliantly by recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday morning said in a televised address that in response to the appeal of the leaders of the republics of Donbas, he decided to conduct a special military operation to protect people “who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” The Russian leader stressed that Moscow’s plans “do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories.”