Humor as an instrument of resilience: how Ukrainians laugh in russia’s face?

Since the very first day of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainians have used humor as one more weapon to fight on the information battlefield despite all the horrors of war. The success is obvious: Russia has been literally “drowning” in tons of memes and humiliating funny clips posted daily all over the Internet.

“Humor is a part of Ukrainian culture, and it accompanies all the pages of Ukraine’s history filled with the struggle for independence,” says Lidia Smola, Doctor of Political Sciences. Throughout over 400 years of fighting for our independence overall, Ukrainians have tried to reflect on the traumatic experiences in a humorous way to survive the hardest times.

Ukrainian people found the strength to joke even in the darkest periods of the war — during the first months. For instance, the world-known meme about the Russian military ship that was sent to hell (in a bit more spicy way) has already become legendary. By the way, that woe-ship did. These words of one brave Ukrainian border guard on Zmiinyi island is the quintessence of everything Ukrainians think about the aggressor.

200–300 memes daily about Ukrainian army’s and people’s resistance, first-class weapons from partners, President Zelenskyi and General Zaluzhnyi, statements of politicians and current Russia’s energy terror appear in the Internet faster that comments of officials and experts. These little information bombs masterfully contribute to Ukraine’s victory.

UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.

If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center –

NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians –

How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:

👉🏻 Come back alive – (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc); 

👉🏻 CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);

👉🏻 UNITED 24 – (was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)

👉🏻 Army SOS – (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);

👉🏻 Vostok SOS – (raising funds for various needs of the army);

👉🏻 Phoenix Wings – (the appropriate equipment & uniform, personal non-lethal protection (vests, helmets), required treatment of the wounded soldiers, and repair of the buildings used by the army).