The Russian invasion of Ukraine was then tackled in the Weekend Update, with Colin Just saying: “This week, Russia began their invasion of Ukraine. President Putin launched the attack with the support of allies like Belarus and Tucker Carlson.”
He then joked about NBC’s low rated coverage of the Beijing Olympics.
“Many analysts were surprised that Putin went through with it even though it was obviously going to be a colossal mistake. But he couldn't back down after all that build up. Kind of like how NBC still had to go through with airing the Winter Olympics.
“Experts on Russian politics are saying that economic sanctions from the west will not deter Putin because his money is in non-traditional assets that are difficult to trace,” he added. “So on top of everything else awful about Putin, he's also into crypto.”
The opening sequence was praised for being "moving" and "inspiring" by viewers.
Funniest SNL I've seen in years. Needed some good laughs. And the opening was very moving. Well done SNL!
Wow, so very moving and very beautiful\nPerformed by the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka Choir of New York on SNL. Lyrics below. https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/1497794056147161088\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/ofeHhibV7k
Wow!!!! This one hell of an opening to SNL tonight\u2026 both the for the singer for the Ukraine AND that so each that John Mulaney\ufffc\ufffc just did on his drug use problem! Both Funny and really moving! pic.twitter.com/ShETm25O5X