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Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

© Twitter, @CanadaNATO | Mock map labeling Ukraine as 'NOT RUSSIA'

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-29

Russia’s permanent mission to NATO on Thursday posted a map on Twitter showing the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia, in response to a map Canada published earlier to “help” Russian soldiers who keep getting “accidentally” lost in Ukraine.

Canada’s NATO twitter account on Wednesday had posted a rudimentary map of the region, labelling Ukraine as “NOT RUSSIA”.

The Canadians joked: “Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine”

The message has been relayed over 30,000 times on the social media site since it appeared.

The jibe did not go down well with Russia’s representatives at the Western military alliance.

On Thursday they struck back, with the message “Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe @CanadaNATO”.

Their own, more sophisticated, map showed the Russian territory extending all the way across Crimea, which Russia took over in March.

Behind the humorous antics on Twitter there is real consternation among Western powers over reports of Russian soldiers fighting incognito in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

US President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned Moscow, saying it was “plain for the world to see” that Russian forces were fighting alongside separatist rebels in Ukraine.

Russia denies it has sent troops into Ukrainian territory. It said that a group of Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine earlier this week had strayed accidentally across the border.

Date created : 2014-08-29

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