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Canada, Ukraine, and Poland Are Having a Passionate Lovefest on Twitter

Poland even used a winky face.

SHIMA, JAPAN - MAY 27:  (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a press conference after the Group of Seven summit on May 27, 2016 in Shima, Mie, Japan. The 2-day Group of Seven summit concludes after discussing key global issues such as global economy and counter terrorism measures.  (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
SHIMA, JAPAN - MAY 27: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a press conference after the Group of Seven summit on May 27, 2016 in Shima, Mie, Japan. The 2-day Group of Seven summit concludes after discussing key global issues such as global economy and counter terrorism measures. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

It started with the Ukrainian government's shameless request for more Twitter followers. Whoever is running Kiev's new social media account, @Ukraine, saw natural allies in Canada and Poland, the first two nations to recognize Ukraine's independence in 1991.

https://twitter.com/Ukraine/status/738295460679520256

The Polish government followed Ukraine back, then noted the special nature of its relationship with a winky face Tweet, which was then retweeted by Ukraine, which thanked Warsaw's social media manager in Polish.

It started with the Ukrainian government’s shameless request for more Twitter followers. Whoever is running Kiev’s new social media account, @Ukraine, saw natural allies in Canada and Poland, the first two nations to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991.

The Polish government followed Ukraine back, then noted the special nature of its relationship with a winky face Tweet, which was then retweeted by Ukraine, which thanked Warsaw’s social media manager in Polish.

Canada’s official account quickly responded to suggest some other countries Ukraine might want to connect with on Twitter.

Notably missing from their suggestion list? The United States. Ukraine didn’t seem to notice. Canada, where around a quarter of a million Ukrainians immigrated between 1951 and 1991, was the priority here. And on Thursday, Ukraine tweeted back a 2012 YouTube video of a Ukrainian man speaking to a herd of bison in rural Canada. “This is a Ukrainian speaking to bison in Alberta!” the narrator says. “There they are, eh?”

It didn’t end there. Lithuania, at Canada’s request, joined the fun and also welcomed Ukraine to Twitter.

“Happy to meet you as well,” Ukraine tweeted back. “Let’s stay in touch here!”

Photo credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

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