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You might not know it, but Ukraine and Canada go way back.

The European country just launched its official Twitter account (about time, right?) and its very first tweet was basically a show of respect for us Canucks.

That’s right, when Ukraine became an independent country in 1991, Canada was there to give it the recognition it needed. Naturally, our nation’s official Twitter account had the perfect reply:

Ukraine then followed up with another testament to Canadian culture, and threw a little bilingualism into their next tweet:

We can’t exactly comment on the bison video they included (???), but in case you didn’t know, Canada’s relationship with Ukraine certainly goes far beyond 1991. In fact, Ukrainians came to Canada all the way back in the 19th century during the War of 1812, when they helped us defend our borders as mercenary soldiers. Canada later returned the favour in WWII, when it took in 34,000 Ukrainians who were displaced by the conflict. We also sent observers to the country during the Orange Revolution in 2004, and threw Russia some serious shade after it annexed Crimea in 2014.

In return, Ukrainians have shared their culture with us, they’ve developed farmland in the west, and they also gave us families that would eventually give birth to the likes of Wayne Gretzky and even Roberta Bondar–the first female Canadian astronaut. Basically, they helped build our country; and we’re certainly glad the two countries haven’t forgotten that.

Welcome to Twitter, Ukraine!