BERNIE ECCLESTONE, A FORMER F1 EXECUTIVE, SAID HE WOULD "TAKE A BULLET" FOR PUTIN AND EXPRESSED CONTEMPT FOR ZELENSKYY.
While condemning Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and American intervention, Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone stated he would "take a bullet" for Vladimir Putin and labeled the Russian president a "first class person."
The 91-year-old former CEO of the Formula One Group, who has previously interacted with Putin, claimed the Russian leader was doing "what he believed was the right thing for Russia" when he invaded Ukraine, though he added that "like a lot of business people we make a mistake from time to time."
Ecclestone is the F1 supremo who revolutionized the sport's sporting rights and has been associated with it since the 1950s. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Formula One Group after resigning from his position.
He continued to criticize Zelenskiy, which Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway found unbelievable. She questioned him: "So just to be clear, you think that President Zelenskiy should have done more to prevent this war and that it could have been avoided by Zelenskiy's actions, not by a change in Putin's actions?"
Absolutely, Ecclestone retorted.
"And I'm very convinced Ukraine, if they'd wanted to get out of it correctly, could have done," he continued, claiming that the war in Ukraine was not "deliberate."
This when Putin's announcement of a "special military operation" to "demilitarize and denazify" Ukraine on the morning of February 24 marked the beginning of the invasion. A few minutes later, Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv and other regions were pounded by warplanes and missiles. Following from various angles, there was a significant ground invasion. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy imposed martial law and ordered a national mobilization of all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 60, who were also prohibited from leaving the nation. Russian attacks were first launched on four fronts: a southern front from Crimea, a south-eastern front from Luhansk and Donetsk, and a northern front from Belarus towards Kyiv. The Russian push against Kyiv stopped in March. Russian troops left Kyiv Oblast by 3 April despite suffering significant losses and fierce Ukrainian resistance. On 19 April, Russia launched a renewed attack on Donbas, with simultaneous missile attacks directed at Kyiv in the north and Lviv in western Ukraine.
28 October 1930 (age 91)
Bungay, Suffolk, England
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Formula One World Championship
Retired from driving
2 (0 starts)
1958 Monaco Grand Prix
1958 British Grand Prix
Formula One Group
FOM, Formula One Administration, Formula One Group
Formula One Career
Ecclestone considered Lewis Hamilton's overtake to win the World Championship at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix to be the "most iconic moment in 65 years of F1.
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- FORMULA 1. (2015, March 13). Hamilton v Massa 2008 Season Finale - Bernie Ecclestone's iconic moment in 65 years of F1. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp_YoqhCmAg
When asked if he had a chance to discuss "what a mess" the situation is with Putin or urged him to reconsider what he is doing, Ecclestone replied, "No. Most likely, he has considered that himself. I doubt he needs to be reminded.
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