Finland hit back at Russia after they warned of military consequences if the Scandanavian country joins NATO.

Swedish and Finnish leaders held talks with the alliance in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s forces.

Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign affairs spokesman, said last week: “Obviously, the accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato, which is primarily a military alliance as you well understand, would have serious military and political consequences, which would require our country to make response steps.

In response, a meme that depicts a mock-up of a CAPTCHA, a type of challenge–response test used in computing to determine whether the user is human, that asks imaginary internet users to click all images that show a Finnish sniper has began circulating.

The images available are all devoid of any human life with a backdrop of a snowy forest, a reference to Finland having illusive snipers hidden in the trees.

Here’s Finland’s response to Putin after he threatened them yesterday because they want to join NATO, journalist Jake Adelstein shared on his Twitter.

The meme is a popular one amongst Finns, who are proud that their country held off the Soviet Red Army after they launched an invasion of Finland with half a million troops in November 1939.

It is believed that the relatively small country was able to hold off their would-be oppressors due to their home advantage.

Finnish ski troops used the rugged landscape to conduct hit-and-run attacks on isolated Soviet units. Their guerrilla tactics were only aided by the freezing Finnish winter, which bogged the Soviets down.

The meme also makes reference to Finnish hero, a farmer-turned-sniper named Simo Häyhä, who was eventually credited with over 500 kills.

Finn Simo Hayha is regarded as the greatest sniper of all time.

Dubbed The White Death, he would hide in deep snow dressed in an all-white smock before slaughtering enemy soldiers with a SAKO M/28-30.

He racked up his 505 kills in less than 100 days of combat, often taking out opponents in -20C temperatures and stuffing his mouth full of snow to stop his breath giving away his position.

He died aged 96 in 2002.

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