Putin scores seven goals in 18-7 ice hockey victory

How DOES Putin do it? Russian president scores seven goals while Belarus’s Lukashenko scores two in 18-7 ice hockey victory (but their opponents didn’t seem keen to tackle them!)

  • The two Eastern European leaders took to the ice in St Petersburg after a meeting on Wednesday
  • They ran out 18-7 victors during the match and played alongside former professional hockey stars
  • The pair had earlier agreed to hold joint war games within months amid increasing tensions with the West
  • 弗拉基米尔普京 put in a strongman of the match performance, scoring seven goals in an 18-7 thrashing during an ice hockey game with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko in St Petersburg yesterday.

    The two leaders, who had earlier announced they will hold joint war games next year, put on a show of friendship as they joined forces as teammates for the match alongside former hockey stars.

    The Russian president opened the scoring and Lukashenko added two, although their opponents failed to put up much resistance, perhaps through fear of potential reprisals.

    Footage of the match shows their opponents backing off as Putin gingerly skated towards the goal.

    Putin donned his favoured number 11 jersey as he took to the ice for the white team, with Lukashenko given the coveted number one shirt.

    Cold Floor! Vladimir Putin races towards goal during an ice hockey game with Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday

    Cold Floor! Vladimir Putin races towards goal during an ice hockey game with Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday

    Puck-ashenko! The Belarusian was given the coveted number one shirt as the pair put on a show of friendship at the match

    Puck-ashenko! The Belarusian was given the coveted number one shirt as the pair put on a show of friendship at the match

    The pair played on the same time during the match which took place after a meeting in St Petersburg

    The pair played on the same time during the match which took place after a meeting in St Petersburg

    They were also joined by the Belarusian’s son Nikolai during the match at the Manezh children’s and youth sports school in Strelna.

    The match was held after the pair held meetings about a new round of joint military drills to take place in February or March.

    Speaking during a meeting in St. Petersburg, Putin said military officials will coordinate details.

    Putin’s announcement comes amid a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine that raised Western fears of an invasion.

    Some officials in Ukraine have voiced concern that Russia may attack the country from Belarusian territory.

    The Russian president opened the scoring and Lukashenko added two in the 18-7 胜利

    The Russian president opened the scoring and Lukashenko added two in the 18-7 胜利

    Putin nets one of his seven goals during the friendly match alongside former professional ice hockey stars

    Putin nets one of his seven goals during the friendly match alongside former professional ice hockey stars

    普京, pictured taking a breather, donned the number 11 jersey as he took to the ice for the white team

    普京, pictured taking a breather, donned the number 11 jersey as he took to the ice for the white team

    Russia has denied having plans to attack its neighbor, but urged the U.S. and its allies to provide guarantees that NATO doesn’t expand to Ukraine or deploy its weapons theredemands the West has rejected.

    Russia and Belarus have a union agreement envisaging close political, economic and military ties, and Moscow has staunchly backed Lukashenko amid Western pressure.

    That pressure intensified after a brutal crackdown on domestic protests fueled by Lukashenko’s reelection to a sixth term in an August 2020 vote that the opposition and the West say was rigged.

    Tensions have escalated further since the summer over the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees on Belarusborder with EU member Poland.

    The EU has accused Lukashenko of retaliating for its sanctions by using desperate asylum-seekers as pawns and tricking them into trying to enter Poland.

    The match was held after the pair held meetings about a new round of joint military drills to take place in February or March

    The match was held after the pair held meetings about a new round of joint military drills to take place in February or March

    Putin practises ahead of the crunch game during which he scored nearly half of his team's goals

    Putin practises ahead of the crunch game during which he scored nearly half of his team’s goals

    Russia and Belarus have a union agreement envisaging close political, economic and military ties. 图为: 卢卡申科 (对) with former ice hockey player Alexander Yakushev

    Russia and Belarus have a union agreement envisaging close political, economic and military ties. 图为: 卢卡申科 (对) with former ice hockey player Alexander Yakushev

    Moscow has repeatedly sent its nuclear capable bombers on patrol over Belarus in recent weeks

    Moscow has repeatedly sent its nuclear capable bombers on patrol over Belarus in recent weeks

    In a show of support for Lukashenko, Russia conducted massive war games with Belarus in September that involved 200,000 军队.

    最近几周, Moscow has repeatedly sent its nuclear capable bombers on patrol over Belarus in recent weeks.

    在星期三, Russian and Belarusian fighter jets jointly patrolled Belarusair space.

    上个月, Lukashenko said that Belarus would be ready to host Russian nuclear weapons.

    The Belarusian leader hasn’t elaborated on what kind of Russian atomic weapons Belarus would be willing to accommodate, but noted that the ex-Soviet nation has carefully preserved the necessary military infrastructure dating back to the time of the USSR.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described Lukashenko’s offer as a ‘serious warning prompted by reckless Western policy.

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