Map Shows Russians What's Russia, What's Not

Canadian NATO delegation fires tweet at Mother Russia

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Canadian officials had a message for Vladimir Putin this week: Here's where Russia isn't. NATO delegates from Canada tweeted a simplified map Wednesday that delineates Russia's borders, calling Russia "Russia" and Ukraine (including the Crimean region) "not Russia," the AP reports. "Geography can be tough," reads the message, which has been retweeted more than 36,000 times as of this writing. "Here's a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' enter Ukraine." Russia still insists it isn't invading Ukraine, and says the only Russian soldiers to cross over were 10 guys who did so by mistake earlier this week.

In fact, Russia's NATO delegation tweeted its own map showing the Crimean peninsula as belonging to Russia: "Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe," it reads. Yet Russia's map "conveniently left unillustrated" the part of eastern Ukraine where the 10 Russian soldiers were said to be captured, the BBC notes. So, all of this was sparked by friendly old Canada? "This is probably the most aggressive Canadian act since like 1812," cracked one tweeter. But some Americans need help even finding Ukraine, according to one study: Only 16% could spot it on a map, and over 100 of the 2,066 participants figured it was near Greenland—or, appropriately, Canada, the BBC reports. (A Bulgarian artist created maps that depict typical American stereotypes of countries across the pond.)

This combination image shows a map tweeted by the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO on Aug. 27, 2014, top, and a map tweeted in response Aug. 28 by the Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO, below.
This combination image shows a map tweeted by the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO on Aug. 27, 2014, top, and a map tweeted in response Aug. 28 by the Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO, below.   (AP Photo)
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