Russia should “think about” the explosion in St. Petersburg, Zelenskyy says

3 April, 06:30 PM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Zelenskyy doesn’t think about explosions in Russia — that’s Russia’s job, the Ukrainian President said during a visit to Chernihiv Oblast on March 3. 

Zelenskyy was responding to a request for comment on a recent explosion at a St. Petersburg cafe that killed Russian pro-war propagandist Vladlen Tatarsky.

"I don't think about what is happening in Saint Petersburg or Moscow,” Zelenskyy explained, according to the Ukrinform news agency.

“Russia must think about it. I think about our country.”

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Tatarsky was killed on April 2 by an explosion at the Street Bar Café, owned by Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin, in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

According to Russian media reports, the blast was caused by a bomb allegedly brought by 25-year Daria Trepova, who hid it in a statuette she gave Tatarsky as a gift. She was detained on April 3.

Tatarsky, whose real name is Maxim Fomin, was a Ukrainian-born Russian propagandist from Donetsk Oblast, infamous for his openly anti-Ukrainian views.

He justified Russia's attack on Ukraine and stated that Russia would "defeat everyone, kill everyone, rob everyone, if necessary". During the blackouts across Ukraine, he said that "we [Russia] need to continue shelling" because "more people will die on operating tables".

Tatarsky was convicted for bank robbery and imprisoned in the Ukrainian town of Horlivka in 2011, but escaped after the Russian invasion in 2014 to fight on the Russian side.

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