Russian President Vladimir Putin has broken down in tears on camera, saying he “didn’t mean to invade Ukraine”. The emotional outburst came during a live press conference in which Putin also announced he was stepping down as president.
“I never wanted any of this to happen,” Putin said, tears streaming down his face. “I’m sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for the people who died. I’m sorry for the people who had to leave their homes. I’m sorry for all the pain and suffering that has been caused.”
Putin went on to say that he took full responsibility for the invasion of Ukraine and that he was stepping down as president to take responsibility for his actions.
“I hope that my resignation will help to heal the wounds that have been inflicted on our country,” Putin said. “I hope that it will help to restore peace and stability to Ukraine and that the people of Ukraine will be able to rebuild their lives.”
The news of Putin’s resignation came as a shock to many, as it was not expected that he would step down so soon after the invasion of Ukraine. Some are speculating that Putin may have been forced to resign by the Russian people, who have been protesting against his rule for the past several months.
Whatever the reason for Putin’s resignation, it is clear that the invasion of Ukraine has had disastrous consequences for Russia. The country is in the midst of an economic crisis, and the invasion has led to international sanctions that are crippling the Russian economy.