The year is 2017 and international disputes are now settled over Twitter. Ukraine’s official Twitter account gave the official Russia Twitter account a history lesson recently when it reminded the nation that a queen from Kiev established Russian-French relations.
And of course, Russia responded with a tweet that sounded like it came straight out of the Cold War.
So Ukraine responded with this zinger…
And then Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs got involved.
Russia and Ukraine have been on the rocks since the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, during which pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by pro-European protesters. In the months that followed, Russia supported pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and occupied Crimea, holding a referendum that saw the territory annexed by Russia.
But there’s a much longer, more complicated history between these two nations. Ukraine was a part of the Russian empire in the 18th century, and eventually gained its independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. That’s a highly nuanced situation, so as you can imagine, Twitter was somewhat confused to see two countries going at it on social media.
Yes, this is the world we live in.