Canada’s NATO delegation Twitter account on Wednesday took a hilarious swipe at ‘lost’ Russian soldiers who 'accidentally' cross the Ukrainian border, by posting a helpful graphic reminding the country what territory it actually owns - and where those borders are located.
‘@CanadaNATO’ showed Russia where its borders lie with the cheeky tweet which has saw over 15,400 retweets and 6,000 favourites on the social media site.
In what may be the first instance of nations using social media to 'troll' each other, Canada mocked Russia’s 'unclear borders' excuse - which was its reason for having troops in Ukraine.
This comes as the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on Thursday claimed Russia had launched a full invasion, with estimates having claimed there were over 1000 troops, supported by Russian arms and supplies, participating in the conflict.
— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014
Joining in the mockery of Russia, one Twitter user criticised Canada's graphic saying that all the white countries not labelled ‘Not Russia’ were now vulnerable to invasion.
@CanadaNATO nice map, could you extend 'Not ruSSia' sign to other white areas. They keep 'getting lost' elsewhere, as well @EastOfBrussels — Friends of Georgia (@FriendOfGeorgia) August 27, 2014
Another commented that Crimea was practically in Russia's possession rendering the map incorrect.
@CanadaNATO@AnnieLowrey Optimistic map: it sill shows crimea as "not Russia" — Chris Wellisz (@wellisz) August 27, 2014
The account, over the past few days, has reiterated Canada’s support of European security with numerous posts condemning Russia's involvement in Ukraine.
Canadian Forces are deployed in Europe in support of our #NATO Allies. More on #OpREASSURANCE: http://t.co/8rz7sakLsipic.twitter.com/nazM78TfZW — Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 28, 2014
Similarly, the US-backed Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), posted a condemnation of Russia saying: “Despite the international community’s calls for peace, Russia continues to escalate tensions with activity that is extremely dangerous and provocative.
"If Russia is serious about peace, or sincerely cares about the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, it must stop supporting violence through the flow of weapons, personnel, and material across the border. Moscow’s denial that it is destabilising Ukraine is offensive and absurd, given the overwhelming and mounting body of evidence."
Adding: “Russia’s so-called humanitarian aid will not distract the international community from the substantial and sustained contributions Russia is making to the ongoing violence and destruction in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.”
This follows a selfie-obsessed Russian soldier’s Instagram account was last month geo-tagged in Ukrainian territory, a gaffe which substantially weakened the Russian Federation’s claims that they had no involvement in the conflict.