Canada Vs Russia War Erupts Via Twitter on Russia-Not Russia Maps
By Athena Yenko | August 29, 2014 2:06 PM EST
The Canadian and Russian delegation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have waged "war" against each other as their maps of Russia differ from all together.
A satellite image provided to Reuters by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on August 28, 2014 and taken by DigitalGlobe on July 23, 2014 shows what is reported by SHAPE to be a wider overview, including the position of self-propelled guns. Well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, marking a significant escalation of Moscow's military involvement in the country, NATO said on Thursday. The alliance released satellite images it said showed Russian combat forces, armed with heavy weapons, engaged in military operations inside Ukrainian territory.
On Tuesday, Russian soldiers were captured at the Ukraine border. In their defence, the Russians said that they have crossed the border "by accident."
Canadian NATO delegation was disbelieving. It then posted via Twitter a map that delineates the Russian border from Ukraine with the tongue-in-cheek caption of what part is "Russia" and what is "Not Russia."
— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014
The map had been retweeted more than 28,000 since Wednesday posting. In retaliation, the Russian NATO delegation tweeted on Friday its version of a map to help them.
Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe @CanadaNATO pic.twitter.com/MjzRxpFFfN — Russians at NATO (@natomission_ru) August 28, 2014
Netizens were quick to pick up the fight as they debate on the long-winding history of the Ukraine-Russian conflict.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon claims it holds evidence proving that Russian troops have fired missiles in Ukraine.
A defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Pentagon saw prima facie evidence of the artillery firings being conducted by the Russian troops. The official said that it is not the first time that they saw Russian military operations inside Ukraine. The Russian operations include aiding rebel forces with tanks, rocket launchers and armoured vehicles, the official told Fox News.
US officials described Russian separatists as "basically a Russian soldier." On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, confirmed information about Russian forces being deployed in Ukraine. She said that burials of Russian soldiers were being held as wounded Russian soldiers were being treated in a St. Petersburg hospital.
Psaki outlined that despite these reports, US is only considering nonlethal aid to be given to Ukraine's military or more sanctions to be implemented with its European allies. US President Barack Obama will discuss the Ukraine-Russia conflict at the upcoming NATO summit in the weeks to come.
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