World war 3 RUSIA and UKRAINE

 

World war 3 RUSIA and UKRAINE
Early Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he would be carrying out a military operation against Ukraine, shortly after explosions were heard across the country’s capital of Kyiv. Thoughts and prayers for Ukraine flooded timelines across Twitter and Instagram, along with a bizarre video of former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord, wishing that she had been Putin’s mother because maybe he wouldn’t have started a war if he had been shown more love.

Social media users have never been shy about acting out when it comes to the unfolding of major historical events, and while some try to be “a beacon of hope,” like McCord, others deal with their anxieties through jokes and memes, as they’re doing now with “the start of World War 3.”

On Instagram, popular pages began sharing posts with multiple memes that have captions like “Me showing up to my physical after getting drafted in WWIII” and including a video of a woman saying she’s legally blind.

Some users also began spamming Putin’s Instagram page, calling him “Daddy Putin” or “Vladdy Daddy” and pleading with him to stop the violence. On TikTok, meanwhile, creators quipped in their own ways about being drafted instead of going to college as some tried to help people understand what is even going on. Some women users joked that they aren’t going to war because they “belong in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning.”

Similar jokes spread across social media when Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was assassinated by the United States in 2020. It’s worth noting that the likelihood of a draft is actually very low. As the New York Times pointed out after the assassination, the draft hasn’t been used since it was abolished in 1973 after people opposed fighting in the Vietnam War. “To change that, Congress would have to pass a law reinstating the draft, and the president would have to sign it, actions that would likely require broad political support,” the Times writes.

On Twitter, many users continue to remind people to have a sense of humanity and compassion when it comes to joking about major historical events. “It’s not funny,” one user wrote in a tweet that has gone viral. “[It’s] the heartbreaking and cruel reality of so many people, and all you can do is reduce their fear to jokes that you use to ‘cope’ when you’re not even the ones in danger.”

As tensions rise in Europe and the United States prepares to send troops to support Ukraine against Russia, Generation Z has taken on another approach — simply asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to “please consider to just not start the war.”

An unverified Instagram account for Putin has been flooded with comments, apparently from Gen Z users born between 1997 and 2012, saying that World War III is “not the vibe,” and offering an exchange of “5 mcnuggets to stop the war.”

The U.S. and its NATO allies have been mulling what comes next as Russia has bulked up its military presence on the border of Ukraine. Russia’s movements have been a “consistent and steady pace involving tens of thousands of Russian troops,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday, and are supported by increased Russian naval activity in the northern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.”

The Pentagon confirmed that 8,500 service members in the U.S. were on heightened alert for a possible deployment to Europe in support of NATO allies, including the 82nd Airborne Division which makes up the Immediate Response Force.

 

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“[T]he United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with our NATO allies,” Austin said on Friday. “That includes reinforcing security on NATO’s Eastern Flank, and as you know, we’ve placed thousands of U.S. troops on prepare-to-deploy orders earlier this week. If NATO activates its response forces, these troops will be ready to go.”

Austin also said, however, that he doesn’t believe Putin has made any “final decisions … to conduct any sort of offensive operation,” and that there is “still room for a diplomatic outcome.”

As the situation has evolved over the last few weeks, social media app TikTok has been at the center. It has started being used by “professional analysts and amateur sleuths … in an attempt to gain insight into the Kremlin’s plans,” NBC News reported. TikTok “is overflowing with hundreds of videos recording military might as it heads to the Ukrainian border,” The Daily Telegraph reported, adding that Ukraine “may be the first TikTok conflict.”

 

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