Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that he was a taxi driver in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse to help make ends meet.

Many Russians had to find new ways of earning a living after the collapse caused economic distress in Russia.

Putin spoke out about 1991’s state breakup in documentary which aired Sunday. He described it as “the collapse of historic Russia”.

Vladimir Putin (pictured sitting behind a wheel during a visit to Egypt in 2018) has revealed he moonlighted as a taxi driver following the collapse of the Soviet Union to make ends meet

Vladimir Putin, pictured behind the wheel of a car during an Egypt 2018 visit, has admitted that he was a taxi driver after the fall of the Soviet Union.

We all know that Russia’s strongman views the collapse of his country as a national tragedy. These remarks might fuel more speculation about Putin’s intentions toward Ukraine.

Russia is believed to be planning an invasion after it has amassed over 90,000.

Putin and his allies deny this and instead accuse Ukraine of provocation and say Russia is taking steps against Nato’s expansion to the East.

Russia requested that NATO rescind its decision to allow Georgia and Ukraine to join it last week.

“After all, what was the Soviet Union’s collapse?” Putin stated that it was a collapse of history of Russia, under the Soviet Union’s name, in a documentary called “Russia, Recent History” and published by the state-run news agency RIA Novosti.

He continued, “Sometimes it was necessary to make extra money.” “I meant, make extra money as a private driver and by driving a car. Although it’s difficult to discuss, this was true. 

Putin spoke before about the fall of the USSR. He once described it as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th Century’.

Putin (pictured in Moscow on Friday) has spoken before on the collapse of the USSR, once describing it as 'the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century'. It is well known that the Russian strongman sees the collapse as a national tragedy, and his latest remarks could fuel further speculation about his intention towards Ukraine

Putin was pictured in Moscow, Friday. On the USSR’s collapse Putin has once again spoken about it. We all know that Putin sees the fall of the Soviet Union as a national tragedy. His latest remarks may fuel speculation on his plans towards Ukraine.

He hasn’t revealed that he used to be a Taxi driver, something that many Russian men had done at the time.

Russia had few taxis so people began to drive them.

The informal nickname for these drivers was bombila, which means “bomber”.

Although Putin’s history as an agent with the KGB, Russia’s security services, is well documented and widely publicized, there are many more details.

In the early 1990s, he worked in the office of St Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak.

He claims that he resigned from the KGB after a coup in August 1991 against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, which combined with economic woes led to the break up of the socialist bloc.

Russia was at the center of the Soviet Union, which grew to encompass 15 republics that extended from the Baltics to Central Asia. Russia was independent after the Soviet Union collapsed.

Reports of Putin’s comments come after the G7 on Sunday warned Russia of ‘massive’ consequences if it invades Ukraine.

A two-day meeting was held by foreign ministers of the most powerful countries around the globe in Liverpool (northern England) to create a united front against international threats. 

Pictured: Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, left, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, England Sunday, December 12, 2021. G7 leaders warned Russia of consequences if it invades Ukraine

Pictured: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, left, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, England Sunday, December 12, 2021. Russia was warned by the G7 about possible consequences for its invasion of Ukraine

Britain handed over G7 presidency next year to Germany. The conference, held in London, was seen as a way to resist authoritarianism throughout the globe.

Due to fears of invasion, talks were dominated by Russia’s military buildup at the Ukraine border.

According to US intelligence, 175,000 Russian troops may launch an attack on Ukraine in the first quarter of next year. They have troops, tanks, and artillery already positioned at the border with Ukraine. 

Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary of the United States said that Russia will face massive consequences if it invades Ukraine.

The final communique saw all ministers support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and praise President Volodymyr Zelesky for Kiev’s ‘posture to restraint.

If Russia rejects a diplomatic solution to its problems, all options will be considered, officials stated.

Senior US State Department officials said Saturday that ‘a lot of democratic nations’ are ready to support the G7 countries of Britain, Canada France, Germany Italy and Japan in their actions.

This week, the US President Joe Biden met with Putin in a virtual summit to discuss Western concerns.

Pictured: Soviet flags fly over President Mikhail Gorbachev's office and the People's Congress building in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, USSR, 18 December 1991. Now, 30 years on, Putin has spoken further on the USSR's collapse in a Russian documentary

Pictured: Soviet flags fly over President Mikhail Gorbachev’s office and the People’s Congress building in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, USSR, 18 December 1991. Putin speaks out about the collapse of USSR in Russian documentary 30 years later

Pictured: People walk past a huge state emblem of the USSR which was removed from an avenue after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, in a modern history sculpture park in Moscow on December 8, 2021

Pictured: A crowd walks past an enormous state symbol of the USSR, which was taken from an avenue in Moscow after 1991’s collapse. It is now in a park of modern history sculptures in Moscow.

His top diplomat for Europe, Eurasian affairs will be going to Kiev next week in order to hold follow-up discussions with senior officials. 

Following the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called for the situation’s resolution through serious international dialog and not using weapons.

Annalena Baerbock (German Foreign Minister) spoke later Sunday to warn that Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline will not be permitted to continue operating in the case of any new escalation in Ukraine. The agreement was between Berlin and Washington.

In response to the G7 summit, Putin last night denied Russia planned to seize Ukraine and accused Britain and its allies of ‘demonising’ his country.  

Dmitry Peskov (the president’s official spokeswoman) stated that accusations made by Britain, its allies, and Russia were being made ‘in further demonizing Russia’.