There is an interesting twist to the ongoing war of words with Russia over its actions in Ukraine that is little discussed in the mainstream media. The United States State Department is using its Russian language UkrProgress Twitter account with the hashtag #UnitedforUkraine to counter what the United States considers to be Russian propaganda on its activities in Ukraine. While most of the tweets are in Russian, here are some of the more interesting English language posts by the State Department:
If you follow the links listed on the tweets, many of them take you to stories on the ShareAmerica website. What is ShareAmerica? It is the Department of State's "...platform for sharing compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education and the role of civil society." In other words, propaganda from a State Department/Washington viewpoint.
And, as though it really matters, the State Department seems to feel that voting on a new design for police cars in Kyiv is a positive sign of democratic reform in Ukraine:
And, just so it doesn't appear that the United States stands alone, here is a tweet showing that Canada stands behind Ukraine:
To close, here are two interesting tweets showing the high cost of the Russian takeover of Crimea when it comes to buying groceries and the high economic cost of the "illegal referendum":
The use of a social media account permits the U.S. Department of State to take a much harsher and unrestricted stand against Russia than normal official diplomatic statements would allow.