Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin spoke out after Vladimir Putin made a strange move and invaded Ukraine "Please, no more war. It doesn't matter who is in the war -- Russia, Ukraine, different countries -- we have to live in peace,"- Ovechkin said, as quoted by ESPN Asked what he thought of his country's invasion of Ukraine, Ovechkin said; "I'm Russian, right? It's not something I can control.
It's not in my hands. I hope it's going to end soon and there's going to be peace in both countries. I don't control this one." Ovechkin wants an end of the war, and says he has many friends in both countries "Obviously, it's a hard situation.
I have lots of friends in Russia and Ukraine, and it's hard to see the war. I hope soon it's going to be over and there's going to be peace in the whole world," he said.
Alex Ovechkin on Vladimir Putin
His family is in Russia "I have family back in Russia.
It's scary moments. We can't do anything. We just hope it's going to end soon and everyone's going to be all right," he said. He emphasized once again that he expects an end and that this chaos will finally end "I pay attention to what's happening out there.
I don't want to see nobody get hurt or get killed. I hope it's going to be over and we're going to live in a good world." A few years ago, Ovechkin praised Putin, and this time he seems to have a positive opinion of the Russian president.
"He respects me as an athlete, and he respects all the athletes who represent the country," Ovechkin said in 2017. "It doesn't matter where you play, in Russia or outside Russia. If you represent country in Olympic Games, world championship or it doesn't matter which tournament, he always [has a] good relationship with us."