Canada trolls Russia over ‘accidental’ Ukraine invasion

If Russia stages a stealth invasion of Canada this week, it will likely be in response to a snarky tweet that the normally friendly North American nation hurled toward the former Soviet Union today.

In response to a statement from the Russian defense military claiming that its soldiers’ incursion into Ukrainian territory was an accident, the official Twitter account of the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO chided Russia by providing it with a helpful map of the region.

The map, which coincidentally (or not!) uses the same color scheme as the flag of Canada’s handsome southern neighbor, shows the territory where Russian soldiers can march freely in red and the territory where they shouldn’t “accidentally” wander in blue.

This is the first such snarky tweet from @CanadaNATO, which has generally stuck to more staid content, like photographs of historic moments, NATO fighters flying in formation, and grim foreign policy statements by Canadian officials.

The account has taken notice of its newfound popularity, thanking one Twitter user who said it “has a smart, snarky take on stuff” and is “perhaps [the] best Canadian Govt [sic] voice on the internet.”

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Eric Geller

Eric Geller

Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.