Donald Trump says Russia’s conflict in Ukraine would never have erupted into war if he was the sitting president of the United States.

“That war would have never happened,” Mr Trump told Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan.

Mr Trump said scenes of destruction and death coming out of the embattled eastern European nation were “terrible”.

“What’s happening is horrible,” he said.

“Far more people are dead than you think.

“Such a stupid war.”