Influencers Use Social Media to Talk About Ukraine

  • Courtney Millhouse
  • 28 Feb 2022

It looks like social media is something Vladimir Putin and his “forces of evil” can’t silence. No matter what Russian authorities are doing with local channels, many Russians continue to express their support to Ukraine and anger about the sudden war through social networks. While many social media simply ban Russian users, TikTok provides a way for them to show their disagreement with their leader.

Russian invasion happened unpredictably last Thursday when Kyiv and the rest of Ukraine woke up from the sound of missiles exploding around the territory. The fights continue for 6 days, with Russia being supported by Belarus. Ukrainian civilians continue to share their prayers for help and videos of the brutal attack made by Russian on their homes, kindergartens, and schools.

Ukrainian influencers had to change their social network pages based on the current horror they live in. One of them is Anna Prytula, whose Instagram was filled with cakes, fashion, flowers, and travels around the world, before the invasion. Now her posts are entirely different. Instead of glam photos, she posts the news from the battlefield. Missiles are flying down on the country. She is pleading with NATO to provide help to Ukraine and offering help to people who need shelter.

Another Ukrainian blogger Elena Mandziuk whose main specialty was travel now teaches others how to make a Molotov cocktail. Her colleague Mary Furtas with 55 000 followers uncovered political news and the general situation in the country. Once the war came to Ukraine, she posted a red square against her avatar with the title “Every Russian is responsible for this.” TikTok is filled with videos of events that happen in Ukraine.

Do you watch the news? Do your favorite influencers post information on Ukraine? You can express your thoughts in the comments below.

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