Russia-Ukraine conflict is not only playing out on land, but also on social media. While Moscow is in the midst of invading Ukraine, the Ukrainian government has shared a caricature on Twitter. In the image, German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler smiles affectionately at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Several Twitter users called the image a political cartoon and a “meme,” to which the Ukrainian government posted a response, “This is not a ‘meme,’ but this is now our and your reality. To get the latest stories, install our app here.
“Biggest European War Since 1939”
In recent weeks, the Russian president has been compared to Hitler on numerous occasions. Not only Ukrainian activists, but also Western political figures previously made the comparison between Putin and the Nazi leader. For example, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, called Putin’s aggression toward Ukraine “very evil.” Pelosi additionally said it was similar to Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia, which occurred just before the start of World War II.
The former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, also made the link with Hitler. He, in turn, compared the Russian presence in Ukraine to the German invasion of Poland in 1939, also at the beginning of World War II. “That doesn’t necessarily mean it will escalate into a world war, but this is the largest conventional war in Europe since 1939,” McFaul said. “History has shown that wars can last much longer than leaders say, and they can also get bigger,” he revealed on the American talk show Today.