MOSCOW – According to reports, there’s a new brand of vodka cropping up in Russian supermarkets that takes a jab at Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, with the brand of vodka being dubbed “Zelensky’s Tears.”
A brief clip of someone picking up the bottle inside of a Moscow store shows the design on the bottle, which depicts the Ukrainian president wiping a tear away from his eye.
In the brief clip circulating online, the gentleman holding the bottle says, “What a joke! Look at what they’re selling at Moscow supermarkets: ‘Zelensky’s Tears’ vodka. It’s unbelievable.”
Some Twitter users reacted to the video online, delivering mixed responses. Some were outraged over the vodka brand hitting store shelves in Russia, with one person commenting, “Wow! Is there no humanity left in this world????” However, others found the novelty vodka to be amusing, wondering how they can get it imported and others doling out puns such as, “I wouldn’t mind Putin some of this in my system.”
The notion of a vodka brand poking fun at the Ukrainian president cropping up in Russia is hardly surprising, as there have been a handful of instances where pro-Russian and generally patriotic novelty items have been surfacing in the wake of the active conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Back in April, in the wake of McDonald’s opting to exit Russia in light of the active conflict with Ukraine, Russia decided to bring about a new burger joint with menu items named after Russian rockets and other military.
According to a report from The Daily Mail, “Z-Burger” – an allusion to Russia’s war symbol – opened in Syktyvkar with a slogan that reads, “At Z-Burger, we support our own!”
Menu items available at the Russian eatery include a burger named “Su-57,” which is in reference to Russia’s 5th generation fighter jet. Other burgers bear names like “Kinzhal,” which references Russia’s nuclear-capable air-to-surface missile; and “T-34,” which is named after a Russian World War 2 era tank.
As for the current status of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Newsweek reports that “Russian troops have massed near Severodonetsk in an attempt to capture the city in Ukraine’s east.” The outlet noted that if Russia is able to secure the city along with Lysychansk, this “would leave all of the Luhansk region under Russian control and hand the Kremlin a form of military victory.”
Vladimir Putin has apparently been working to gain control of the aforementioned region as well as the Donetsk region. In a recent Bloomberg opinion piece written by Max Hastings, even he conceded that he bears “skepticism about the prospects of Ukrainian victory” in the ongoing conflict between the two countries.
Meanwhile, other reports have surfaced alleging that some of Putin’s “inner circle” are concerned over some of the decisions he’s been making whilst the conflict continues, noting worries about an economic crisis that could befall the country soon.