Zelensky taunts Putin with mock weather report after explosion on Crimean bridge

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By stefan armitage

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Ukraine's President Volodymir Zelensky has taunted Vladimir Putin following an explosion that led to extensive damage on Russia's only bridge to Crimea.

On Saturday, BBC News reports that huge sections of the bridge were damaged in an explosion that resulted in the deaths of three people, per Russian investigators.

President Putin has since ordered the nation's Federal Security Service (FSB) to enhance security measures on the bridge.

Additionally, Russia's deputy prime minister has announced that repair work will begin immediately, with damaged areas of the bridge set to be removed. Divers will also be used to investigate the condition of the structure below the waterline.

The BBC describes the 19km-long bridge as a "pivotal symbol of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014".

Additionally, the Daily Mail reports that details behind the explosion are not fully known. The outlet suggests that a "truck bomb" could have caused the damage, but adds that there is also speculation that Ukrainian special services "used a boat or explosive-laden drone to launch an attack".

Check out Zelensky's video below:

Regardless, the Ukrainian president and former comedian Volodymir Zelensky proved he's still up for a joke after sharing a video of a mock weather report that alluded to the incident.

Sharing the video on Telegram and Facebook, Zelensky said: "Today was a good and mostly sunny day in our country. Over most of the territory, it was about 20 degrees Celsius and sunny.

"Unfortunately, it was cloudy in Crimea, although it was still warm. But however the clouds are, Ukrainians know what to do, and they know that our future is sunny."

"This is the future without invaders, on all our territory, in particular in Crimea," Zelensky added.

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Black smoke billows from a fire on the Kerch bridge that links Crimea to Russia, after a reported truck explosion. Credit: UPI / Alamy

Elsewhere in his post, Zelensky wrote: "Ukraine always adheres to all international norms and conventions.
We will not leave any other options for the occupiers to rely on.

"And again and again I want to thank all our citizens who are fighting and working for peace for Ukraine, for the liberation of our entire land."

Additionally, the Ukrainian president wasn't the only person to poke fun at Putin.

As the explosion took place just hours after Putin's 70th birthday, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov opted to share a video of his own.

This video showed footage of the aftermath of the explosion side-by-side with the video of Marilyn Monroe singing the words "Happy Birthday Mr. President" (taken from the 1962 gala at Madison Square Garden held in honor of John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday).

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

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Zelensky taunts Putin with mock weather report after explosion on Crimean bridge

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By stefan armitage

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Ukraine's President Volodymir Zelensky has taunted Vladimir Putin following an explosion that led to extensive damage on Russia's only bridge to Crimea.

On Saturday, BBC News reports that huge sections of the bridge were damaged in an explosion that resulted in the deaths of three people, per Russian investigators.

President Putin has since ordered the nation's Federal Security Service (FSB) to enhance security measures on the bridge.

Additionally, Russia's deputy prime minister has announced that repair work will begin immediately, with damaged areas of the bridge set to be removed. Divers will also be used to investigate the condition of the structure below the waterline.

The BBC describes the 19km-long bridge as a "pivotal symbol of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014".

Additionally, the Daily Mail reports that details behind the explosion are not fully known. The outlet suggests that a "truck bomb" could have caused the damage, but adds that there is also speculation that Ukrainian special services "used a boat or explosive-laden drone to launch an attack".

Check out Zelensky's video below:

Regardless, the Ukrainian president and former comedian Volodymir Zelensky proved he's still up for a joke after sharing a video of a mock weather report that alluded to the incident.

Sharing the video on Telegram and Facebook, Zelensky said: "Today was a good and mostly sunny day in our country. Over most of the territory, it was about 20 degrees Celsius and sunny.

"Unfortunately, it was cloudy in Crimea, although it was still warm. But however the clouds are, Ukrainians know what to do, and they know that our future is sunny."

"This is the future without invaders, on all our territory, in particular in Crimea," Zelensky added.

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Black smoke billows from a fire on the Kerch bridge that links Crimea to Russia, after a reported truck explosion. Credit: UPI / Alamy

Elsewhere in his post, Zelensky wrote: "Ukraine always adheres to all international norms and conventions.
We will not leave any other options for the occupiers to rely on.

"And again and again I want to thank all our citizens who are fighting and working for peace for Ukraine, for the liberation of our entire land."

Additionally, the Ukrainian president wasn't the only person to poke fun at Putin.

As the explosion took place just hours after Putin's 70th birthday, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov opted to share a video of his own.

This video showed footage of the aftermath of the explosion side-by-side with the video of Marilyn Monroe singing the words "Happy Birthday Mr. President" (taken from the 1962 gala at Madison Square Garden held in honor of John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday).

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Facebook