Twitter and social media in general has played an important role in the political events in Ukraine. The entire Ukrainian leadership is active on the social network and the institutional accounts of the government and of the foreign ministry have seen exponential growth in 2014.

President of Ukraine Петро Порошенко

Petro Poroshenko's personal Twitter account was created on 24 February 2009 and had been active only intermittently. In April 2014 the previous tweets were archived on the @PoroshenkoOld account and a new account was set up to document the activities of Ukraine’s president. The account makes good use of pictures and videos. Petro @Poroshenko’s first tweet ever is a video of his New Year’s greetings posted on 31 December 2011. His most retweeted tweet, sent on 25 August 2014 is the announcement of the dissolution of parliament. The @Poroshenko Twitter account is not yet well connected with other world leaders.

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Петро Порошенко


Президент України, The President of Ukraine

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 04/02/2014
Language: Ukrainian
Status: Dormant since 01.02.2014
Tweets/day: 11.17
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.01
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 96%
Most mentioned @BarackObama (7), @NATOWales (2), @okeanelzy (2), @demalliance (1), @HromadskeTV (1), @interfaxua (1), @Abias89 (1), @biden (1), @pawelkowalpl (1), @pmharper (1)

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Presidency of Ukraine APU

The Twitter account of Ukraine's presidential administration was inaugurated on 9 July 2014. The @APUkraine Twitter account is fairly active with 15 tweets per day in Ukrainian and in English. The account chronicles the activities of President Poroshenko and makes good use of the visuals with every tweet containing at least one if not more images. It’s most retweeted tweet is a picture of Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day.

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Офіційний твіттер Адміністрації Президента України / Administration of the President of Ukraine, Official Twitter

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 07/09/2014
Language: Ukrainian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 15.07
Retweets: 12%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.07
Replies/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 87%
Most mentioned @NATOWales (19), @poroshenko (18), @APUkraine (12), @BarackObama (5), @5channel (4), @EU_Commission (4), @NATO (4), @David_Cameron (3), @VP (3), @dshymkiv (3)

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Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk joined Twitter on 23 September 2013 and he posts on average two tweets per day, mostly in Ukrainian. The account often posts videos of his speeches and pictures of his meetings with foreign dignitaries. Almost every post is retweeted on average 59 times. Prime Minister himself rarely interacts with other Twitter users. Arseniy Yatsenyuk often expresses his positions and during the demonstrations shared Euromaidan news and other Ukraine related topics. His most retweeted post is from 22 November 2013 calling all residents of Kiev top join the #Euromaidan protests. A picture of the mass protests is also his Twitter background.

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Arseniy Yatsenyuk


Прем’єр-міністр України.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 09/23/2013
Language: Ukrainian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.02
Retweets: 5%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.1
Replies/Tweet: 0.07
Tweets retweeted: 93%
Most mentioned @Yatsenyuk_AP (58), @ua_yanukovych (3), @GeoffPyatt (2), @OSCE_SMM (2), @BarackObama (2), @NATO (2), @CNBC (1), @SenJohnMcCain (1), @camanpour (1), @SecKerry (1)

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Government of Ukraine Кабмін України

The previous Ukrainian government set up three Twitter accounts in Ukrainian (@Kabmin_UA), Russian (@Kabmin_UA_r) and English (@Kabmin_UA_e) in July 2011 but since mid-October 2013 only the Ukrainian one is still active. The @Kabmin_UA account is among the most active accounts of all world leaders, sending on average 29 tweets per day. The account broadcast the activities of Ukraine’s government in Ukrainian and is not conversational, never retweeting, @mentioning or @replying to other users. The three accounts mutually follow each other but do not follow any other foreign leader. All tweets are linked to articles on the official portal of the Ukrainian government.

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Кабмін України


Офіційне Twitter-представництво Кабінету Міністрів України. Інформація надходить з офіційного веб-сайту Кабінету Міністрів України. Детальніше за адресою

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 07/08/2011
Language: Ukrainian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 34.49
Tweets retweeted: 86%
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Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister @PavloKlimkin was previously Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany and some of his tweets are in Germany. Pavlo Klimkin started his Twitter account on 2 October 2011 and frequently shares his personal observations in English and Ukrainian. @PavloKlimkin occasionally @replies and @mentions and sometimes retweets news articles from major international media organizations. Pavlo Klimkin is mutually following ten other foreign ministers.

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Pavlo Klimkin


Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 10/02/2011
Language: Ukrainian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.47
Retweets: 7%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.11
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 78%
Most mentioned @jensstoltenberg (4), @sikorskiradek (4), @LinkeviciusL (2), @AJCGlobal (2), @richardquest (2), @JulieBishopMP (2), @DmitryTymchuk (2), @MiroslavLajcak (2), @LaurentFabius (2), @Hromadske (2)

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Foreign Ministry of Ukraine MFA of Ukraine

Ukraine’s foreign ministry has been on Twitter since 13 May 2010 and was low in activity until the events in early 2014. The @MFA_Ukraine account has become an important source of information reporting on the latest news in Ukraine with more than two tweets per day and has seen its follower numbers multiply more than tenfold over the past year. #UnitedForUkraine is one of its most used hashtag and former Foreign Minister @ADeshchytsia and U.S. ambassador @GeoffPyatt are among its most retweeted users. @MFA_Ukraine tweets in English and Ukrainian. After the United Nations General Assembly declared the referendum in Crimea as invalid, supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the foreign ministry posted a series of “thank you” tweets in various languages. The foreign ministry is well connected with its peers, unilaterally following 32 and mutually connected with 41 other world leaders.

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MFA of Ukraine


Welcome to the official Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine! Minister Klimkin tweets from @PavloKlimkin.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 05/13/2010
Language: Ukrainian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 29.49
Retweets: 65%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.2
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 35%
Most mentioned @PavloKlimkin (155), @MFA_Ukraine (124), @ukrpravda_news (30), @uacrisis (19), @Yuriy_Sergeyev (14), @Makeiev (14), @YouTube (13), @YPerebyinis (12), @news112ua (10), @HromadskeTV (10)

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