In March, the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea seceded to Russia after a tense military standoff between the two countries. The situation continues to be hostile, and yesterday, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry tried using Twitter to rally support. This was the tweet, sent from a verified account:
#UkraineUnderAttack #RussiaInvadedUkraine RT PLZ pic.twitter.com/KMM9ezqAfv— MFA of Ukraine (@MFA_Ukraine) August 27, 2014
This week, after Russian paratroopers were apprehended in Ukraine, Russia said their presence was "an accident," and Vladimir Putin continued to deny that his country had anything to do with arming separatists in Ukraine. Meanwhile, peace talks between the two countries are underway, and US diplomats have been careful not to directly acknowledge an invasion.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry doesn't have the same qualms. The call to "RT PLZ" apparently worked; the message has racked up more than 3,000 retweets as of writing.