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Putin Looked Really Sad While Driving This Huge Truck

The Russian president was opening a nearly $4 billion bridge to Crimea.

Posted on May 15, 2018, at 12:24 p.m. ET

Remember how last year US President Donald Trump sat in a huge Mack truck on the White House lawn?

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Sure you do — whole books have been written about it.

Well, Russian President Vladimir Putin has raised the bar, because let me tell you, he didn't just sit in a huge truck on Tuesday — he drove one.

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He was in the truck for the opening of a bridge between the Russian mainland and the Crimean peninsula.

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You MIGHT recall that that Russia straight annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The 12-mile-long bridge over the Kerch Strait, which will allow cars, trucks, and trains to cross between the two territories, is just the latest way that Putin is bringing Russia and its new province together.

The whole thing cost nearly $4 billion to complete and has been a pet project of Putin's, built by a friend and judo sparring partner of his, so you'd think he'd be overjoyed that it's finally done and opened.

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But from the pictures, which like many of his official photos seem staged to highlight his ~manliness~, it doesn't seem like Putin actually...enjoyed driving the Russian flag–laden truck.

Alexander Nemenov / AFP / Getty Images

Who, I ask you, looks like they're having a better time while in the cab of a huge truck?

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Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin // JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images / Via http://
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