On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. The war has been going on for almost half a month so far and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is still escalating.

This war has sparked the attention of people all over the world. In these days, the topics related to the Russian-Ukrainian war have swept almost all social media around the world, and everyone has been participating in the discussion of this event on the Internet🗣.

At the same time, the popularity of emoji related to this event also began to rise, such as Ukrainian flag🇺🇦, Russian flag🇷🇺, Peace symbol☮︎, Dove🕊, etc. Among them, the two flag emojis are the ones with the greatest rise in popularity.

Heat of two emojis

According to data on Google Trends, searches for the two flag emoji on Google Search Engine quickly spiked on February 24, the day Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine, and have remained high since then as well.

In comparison, people are more concerned about 🇺🇦 than they are about 🇷🇺.

🔺:Comparison of the search volume of the two flag emojis on Google in February 2022

The chart below, also from Google Trends, shows the popularity of the two emojis in different regions💻. Users in the blue area prefer to search the Ukrainian flag emoji, while those in the red area pay more attention to the Russian flag emoji.

The data on our website also shows that the popularity of two emoji has increased a lot in the past few days. We ranks all emojis according to the number of searches🔍 and clicks↖ by users in different languages, and the higher the ranking, the higher the popularity. Here we list the ranking of the two emojis among users of several languages with high traffic within the website:

🔺:Change in ranking of 🇺🇦

🔺:Change in ranking of 🇷🇺

Regardless of the language, the ranking of both emoji has improved tremendously, and the Ukrainian flag emoji has even made it to the top 100 in several rankings. Usually, those that make it into the top 100 are very popular emojis, such as the yellow face and hearts that people use most often, which shows how much attention the world is paying to the Russia-Ukraine war.

People's use of two emojis

We also did some research about people's use of these emoji.

On Twitter, one of the world's largest social networks, the number of tweets containing these two emojis can reach tens of thousands per hour🔥. Many people talk about the event with the two emojis in their tweets as a prominent headline, to emphasize the topic of the tweet or to refer to the two countries. For example, the two emojis are often featured in tweets that broadcast war-related news🆕.

In addition, many users will include these two emojis in their usernames to indicate their position and show their support✊ for one of the countries.

However, since adding flag emoji to usernames is also a way for some Ukrainians to find and contact their compatriots 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 and share news on the Internet, it was proposed that non-Ukrainian nationals could use 💛 and 💙 instead of the Ukrainian flag emoji, since yellow and blue are the two iconic colors on the Ukrainian flag.

This advice was quickly adopted and popularized by everyone. Now, 💛💙appears more and more often and has become a symbol of support for Ukraine.

Emotions conveyed by two emojis

In addition, we also found something interesting. Our website has a feature called "Emoji Sentiment Analysis", which analyzes the text that people post on social networks containing emojis to analyze the sentiment conveyed by each emoji. The sentiment can be divided into three categories: positive, neutral and negative. (If you want to learn more about this feature, you can click the blog link on the right: 🔍Emoji Sentiment Analysis)

As with the rankings mentioned above, this feature also analyzes users in different languages separately. Here are the results of the analysis:

🔺:Sentiment valor of 🇺🇦

🔺:Sentiment valor of 🇷🇺

It's worth thinking about the differences in these data🤔.

Conclusion

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate⚠, there is still a great deal of interest in the matter. Public opinion is currently swinging in favor of Ukraine, but it is unclear how things will develop afterwards. Regardless, we hope that the conflict will end soon and people will return to their normal and peaceful lives🙏. Love and peace❤🕊☮.

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