Alex Ovechkin breaks his silence, speaks to media

Published February 25, 2022 at 2:28 PM

It's been nearly 2 days since the Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun and media around the NHL have been clamoring for a comment from known Putin supporter Alexander Ovechkin. Today for the first time Ovechkin spoke out:

"It's a hard situation. I have family back in Russia and it is scary moments. But we can't do anything. We just hope it going to be end soon and everything is going to be all right.

Please, no more war. It doesn't matter who is in the war -- Russia, Ukraine, different countries -- I think we live in a world, like, we have to live in peace and a great world.

Ovechkin who was born in Moscow Russia, spends most of his offseason in his home country. In the past the 36-year-old winger has been known to back Russian President Vladimir Putin. Going as far as to share his support via social media in 2017.

When asked if he supported Putin today, Ovechkin replied:

Well, he is my President. But how I said, I am not in politics. I am an athlete and you know, how I said, I hope everything is going to be done soon. It's a hard situation right now for both sides and everything. Everything I hope is going to end. I'm not in control of this situation.

Ovechkin is clearly very pointed with these comments, clearly not showing any support or speaking out against the Russian President. This is a very volatile situation that continues to change on an hourly basis. As Ovechkin stated, he's also an athlete and putting the microphone in front of an athlete and demanding answer on the world stage is never going to make everyone satisfied with the reply.
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