As Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates his 71st birthday today, he's not exactly receiving the warmest of wishes. The leader, who has become increasingly unpopular globally due to Russia's ongoing military involvement in Ukraine, is facing a barrage of less-than-kind birthday messages.
The situation has been exacerbated by a recent missile attack carried out by Russia in a Ukrainian city, which has so far claimed the lives of 51 civilians. The grim incident has only fueled the fire of public sentiment against Putin.
A provocative question
Anton Gerashchenko, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, took to Twitter today to ask his followers what they would wish for Putin on his birthday. Gerashchenko himself set the tone by stating, "I personally would wish him decades in Russian prison."
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The responses to Gerashchenko's tweet were overwhelmingly negative, mirroring the advisor's own sentiments. Here are some of the comments:
"He must be imprisoned for the remainder of his despicable life."
"A one-way ticket to The Hague. I'LL PAY!!"
"Stop the ruthless war."
"Hopefully it’s his last."
A sinister cup of tea
Additionally, several users made veiled references to a "nice cup of tea," an allusion to the mysterious illnesses that have befallen some of Putin's opponents after consuming tea, presumably poisoned.
What would you 'wish' for Putin today?