Ukraine memes

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The traditional Slavic impulse to meet tragedy with humor is still strong. Among the Russian reactions to the war in Ukraine, this one is my favorite so far:

(Though of course the putative demise of the Russian stock market is not much of a tragedy compared to the destruction and loss of life in the war…)

No doubt commenters will have other candidates to suggest, including some from the Ukrainian side.

And if you're looking to echo the colors of the Ukrainian flag in some digital medium, these tweets may help:

So for example:

<div style="background-color:#0057B8;color:#FFFFFF;text-align:center;"> <br/>This is line 1<br/> </div>
<div style="background-color:#FFD700;color:#000000;text-align:center;"> <br/>This is line 2<br/> </div>


This is line 1
This is line 2


Update — for more, see the Twitter feed of the Ukrainian Memes Forces


  1. Phillip Minden said,

    March 4, 2022 @ 12:15 pm

    Seen in the Russian internet:
    What sanctions? It's just a special financial operation.

  2. Peter B. Golden said,

    March 4, 2022 @ 12:38 pm

    Хай живе незалежна Україна!

  3. Y said,

    March 4, 2022 @ 1:19 pm

    There are many pictures out there of a field of sunflowers (or other yellow flowers) under a blue sky.

  4. David Marjanović said,

    March 4, 2022 @ 1:24 pm

    Seen recently, as captions on photos:

    Zelensky: Hey, Vova, wanna hear a joke?
    Putin. …sure…
    Z: Kyiv.
    P: I don't get it.
    Z: That's right, bitch! You don't!

    Apparently repurposed from Metaxas, Mussolini, and Athens.

    [(myl) For example:


  5. jpiitula said,

    March 5, 2022 @ 2:30 pm

    There are versions of a famous book cover with the title edited to be Спецоперация и мир (Special operation and peace).

    [(myl) Among many others, this one:


  6. chris said,

    March 7, 2022 @ 8:42 pm

    Anyone here understand enough Russian to know if those are accurate subtitles, rather than the satirical ones in the other thread?

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