When Russia had just invaded Ukraine, everyone was terrified and in disbelief that, after trying so hard to maintain peace on the Old Continent when the Second World War ended, an armed conflict would arise once again.

However, we quickly snapped out of it and started helping Ukraine every way we could and started to see that this Eastern European nation won’t surrender without a fight. As the days went on and we realized that this might take a while, we had to find ways to cope with the frightening reality.

One of those ways is through humor and people on the internet did what they do the best and started creating memes. Mostly supporting Ukraine and showing how evil Putin is. Even the state of Ukraine shared memes on their Twitter, which shows how important it is to look at things in a sarcastic view to maintain sanity.

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blobby_grrl
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2 months ago

yeessss!

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The Twitter page Ukrainian Memes Forces was created in February of this year, the month when Russia’s invasion started. It is dedicated solely to memes about the invasion, the involved countries, the helping countries and other events related to the situation. 

It now has over 214k followers and it just shows how important it is to look at things in a sarcastic or ironic view to maintain sanity. Even the state of Ukraine shared memes on their Twitter reflecting what awesome people Ukrainians are.

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Great Mushroom God
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2 months ago

Wow just wow

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MiriPanda
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2 months ago

As a German I am ashamed at the slow approach of my government when it comes to the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine. We of all people should know the consequences of letting a deranged psychopath invade other countries. I wish Germany would be more like Estonia...

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Memes help to boost morale and process the horrible things we are witnessing and Jennifer Grygiel, an associate professor of communications at Syracuse University who specializes in social media and memes, says, “That's how warfare is conducted in the information space. It's about narratives and public belief.”

Instead of propaganda posters and letters people send to their loved ones, we are now creating the narrative and how we fight against misinformation coming from Russia. Social media plays an interesting role during this invasion because never before have we seen live updates and soldiers simply posting videos from the war zone. 

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Jacob Nunez
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2 months ago

“I suggest the Benelli M4”

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Zoecat
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2 months ago

*regrets in Putin*

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AniaSD
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2 months ago

We Polish people could finally be proud of our president. That was a nice moment

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It also makes the war seem a lot closer to us and allows us to be more compassionate towards the people there as we learn about the horrible things done there not just from stories, but by actually seeing them.

On the other hand, Ellie Mae O'Hagan says that it can have an opposite effect and make the news feel unreal when they are seen through a filter on Instagram, becoming "an exaggerated version of reality which ultimately blurs the boundaries between reality and simulation altogether."

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Dubs_1117
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2 months ago

Oof

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Kona Pake
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2 months ago

“Come a little closer, biacccch…!

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Humor might also create distance between us and the problem we are facing, but laughter and sarcasm are actually often used as defense mechanisms; according to Claire Brummell, an expert on human behavior, dark humor can make us relax more and connect with others going through the same trauma.

Memes are a special genre on social media that often uses dark humor. They have proven to be unifying and so powerful that a Canadian man by the name of Christian Borys thought it was a good idea to stamp them on a t-shirt, specifically the one of Virgin holding an antitank missile, to make some money that he could donate to help Ukrainian orphans.

When it was clear that Russia was not just training at the border with Ukraine, the sales of the t-shirts went up to $170,000 a day. The creator of the idea told The New York Times, “The internet speaks in memes and it just became this crazy, viral sensation. I think it’s because people were looking for a symbol of support, a way to support Ukraine, because they saw the whole injustice of everything.”

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Cubbypotato
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2 months ago

Yes, take it mortal!

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MiriPanda
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2 months ago

This is why I don't understand when people are afraid of a WW3 if we don't lower sanctions to Russia - this is where we headed anyways if we don't take massive action against Russia NOW!

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Araceli Johnstun
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2 months ago

Yes it does😁

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Memes are not just funny pictures anymore. They are their own culture on the internet, a way of communication, a way to express your opinions through illustrations and a means to show your creativity by creating something new out of content that is there for you to use.

Do you agree that looking through memes is a good way to relax and disconnect from the world even though they often touch on very heavy topics? Do you feel that memes about Ukraine help you cope with the stress of a war happening so close? Let us know your thoughts and also don’t forget to upvote the memes to show us which ones you agree with the most.

And also, Слава Україні!

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Peter H
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2 months ago

ПУТИН ХУЙЛО

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Emperor Spike
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2 months ago

You do know those aren’t evil robots dying in battle, they are tricked and deceived Russian soldiers, good people, who are dying? Putin lies to them just like he lies to the rest of the world.

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K Ryan
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2 months ago

Thank you Lithuania

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Anine C
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2 months ago

It's also an American Republican Party propaganda technique.

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Kona Pake
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2 months ago

Now his hand’s gonna smell like toe jams for the rest of the day.

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Allison Peck
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2 months ago

little engine that could and did

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Pandaroo
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2 months ago

hmm... They forgot the surveillance satellites and the telescopes and stuff I see...

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Jacob Nunez
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2 months ago

I loved this anime.

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Sam Lin
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2 months ago

UNinvolved,well.🤔

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Kona Pake
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2 months ago

Unlike Russia, who secretly bury their dead and their victims… we do it openly.

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K Ryan
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2 months ago

LMAO

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Remi
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2 months ago

Getting even Finlad to nato seems to be getting difficult, because Erdogan needs to approve too. I keep thinking, why they're delaying, and why they are seemingly doing P*tins work....

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Fredrika
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2 months ago

I just read he based it on Patrick Bateman?!

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Skulduggery Pheasant
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2 months ago

My friend’s Godbrother died bravely fighting in Mariupol. Слава Українї!

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Emma
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2 months ago

Or the genders are switched instead. It would still apply. Lol

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foofoofloofy
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2 months ago (edited)

*gives a lot of weapons*

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Kona Pake
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2 months ago

What’s the penalty for lying on your entry visa?

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Emperor Spike
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2 months ago

Classic Russian, Soviet, and Imperial technique.

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EyeYamStewPeed
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2 months ago

I'd like to remind people to be mad at Putin, not the Russian people, as many of them (if they even know what is happening) would not support him.

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Antisocial potato 🥔
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2 months ago

Toss that b***h!

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Lulxby
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2 months ago

*Coffin meme music intensifies*

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tw 72
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2 months ago

You started it, Putin.

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Emperor Spike
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2 months ago

Germany still has PTSD from getting involved in Russian business

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Maya Forbes
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2 months ago

Please don´t compare us to that dumpster fire of a human

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Jacob Nunez
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2 months ago

“We need air support” Germany: “you can do it”

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Potato Man
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2 months ago

Throw the hat away too!

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Lulxby
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2 months ago

Left is right! I mean right, not right. Right is wrong! Right is left. I MEAN LEFT IS RIGHT! RIGHT IS WRONG NOT LEFT HELPP

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Will I Will-Ham
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2 months ago

I'm still ashamed that my country austria gave so less points.

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Šimon Špaček
Community Member
2 months ago

Giving aggressors what they want works fine, just check some history book and look for what happened after giving Hitler important part of Czechoslovakia. I'm sure it worked fine, I never heard about any war with that guy involved, right?

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