Ukraine Just Tweeted a Simpsons GIF at Russia Because 2017 Is Weird As Hell

Just when you think 2017 couldn’t get weirder, two countries get into a spat on Twitter and use a Simpsons GIF to accuse the other of aggression. Seriously.

Yes, it all started when the official, verified Twitter account for the country of Ukraine tweeted out this not-so-subtle jab at the fact that Ukraine had a diplomatic relationship with France long before Russia was on the scene:

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The official, verified Twitter feed of Russia responded with a tweet saying that they were proud of their common history, imploring Ukraine that their heritage “should unite our nations, not divide us.”:

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And then Ukraine responded with a GIF insinuating that Russia wanted to go back to the old days of the Soviet Union, back when Ukraine was part of the USSR:

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Yes, not just any GIF. A GIF from the Simpsons. Specifically, the 19th episode of the 9th season, “Simpson Tide,” which premiered on March 29, 1998.

2017 is truly the weirdest possible timeline.

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Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog