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Newsline: US Embassy in Ukraine Posts Memes as It Retreats to Poland

Last week, the U.S. embassy in Ukraine left Kyiv for Lviv as the region and the world braces for a potential Russian invasion. Monday night, it relocated to Poland. Tuesday morning, as Russian troops have begun crossing into Ukraine, the U.S. embassy is posting memes on Twitter. (https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjbe7p/us-embassy-in-ukraine-posts-cringe-memes-as-it-retreats-to-poland) The “U.S. Embassy Kyiv,” which, again, is now relocating to Poland, posted the meme in an attempt to portray Ukraine—and Kyiv—as significantly preceding modern Moscow as an established city and culture, ostensibly to show that Ukraine has its own identity as being separate from Russia. Besides this tweet being generally pathetic and broadly unhelpful, it can be seen as broadly supporting Putin’s general view that Ukraine is part of Russia’s storied history. This is far from the first time we’ve seen official government social media accounts share terrible posts in the middle of a crisis.

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