Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov recently went viral for mocking the sinking of the Moskva, a Russian warship that Ukraine claims hit with a missile attack on Thursday.
Posted on Twitter on Friday, Reznikov – who allegedly enjoys scuba diving – called the location of the sunken vessel a “worthy dive site”. The tweet has since garnered more than 17,000 likes and hundreds of replies from supporters, many of whom complimented Reznikov’s “great sense of humour”.
“A ‘flagship’ Russian warship is a worthy dive site. Now we have another dive site in the Black Sea. We will definitely visit the wreck after our victory in the war,” Reznikov said in his now-viral tweet.
“By the way, I already have 300 scuba dives,” he concluded.
Attached to the tweet is a photo of Reznikov posing with a sea turtle during one of his past dives.
Moskva confirmed to sink in Black Sea on Thursday; however, Russia and Ukraine provided conflicting reports as to what caused the ultimate “destruction” of the ship.
Ukrainian officials said their country hit the ship with a Neptune missile. Meanwhile, Russia claimed the ship sank following an onboard fire that detonated ammunition.
“During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage received during the fire from the detonation of ammunition. In rough sea conditions, the ship sank” , said the Russian Defense. Ministry said.
However, an analysis carried out by Forbes Ukraine estimated that the sinking of the Moskva represented a loss of $750 million for the Russian military – a loss that some experts believe could be a game-changer for the war in Ukraine.
“If Ukraine can challenge the Black Sea Fleet (and it looks like it can), then the recapture of Crimea is quite possible. A total victory is possible,” the security expert wrote. Paul Massaro on Twitter.
“The historical performance of the Ukrainian military compared to the dismal performance of the Russians is really something to see,” he said in a subsequent tweet.
Many Twitter users thought Reznikov’s assessment of the situation was hilarious, and some shared that they too would like to visit the Black Sea’s newest “dive site”.
“You have a great sense of humor, keep it!” Stephane exclaimed.
“One more reason to get a diving license, thank you Putin for contributing to the tourism industry,” wrote Nikos Katsikanis.
“I love your sense of humor and your positivity, your smile when times are so hard warms my heart. Hope you have time to dive soon,” Patrycja Szymańska tweeted.
Ulrika Engvall added: “I love your sense of humor. I would like to join you on a scuba diving excursion after the war is over. I have [approximately] 40 dives.”
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