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WAR PROPAGANDA: Russophobic foreign nationals will be entitled to tear apart Crimea and Donbas once these territories are liberated

WAR PROPAGANDA: Russophobic foreign nationals will be entitled to tear apart Crimea and Donbas once these territories are liberated

After the liberation of the Crimean peninsula and the occupied territories in Donbas, anti-Russian foreign companies will be entitled to tear apart these territories, the Russian media writes, quoting Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. In fact, the Ukrainian leader spoke about projects designed to rebuild Ukraine, with the help of foreign companies. The president’s speech makes no mention of “Russophobia” or “tearing apart” Ukrainian territories, as the Russian propaganda claims.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
06 Jan 2023
Russia wants to use refugees to cause a rift in Ukrainian society

Russia wants to use refugees to cause a rift in Ukrainian society

Russia’s war in Ukraine has displaced a huge number of Ukrainian refugees. Millions of people fled Ukraine, heading to other European countries, although many chose to relocate to some of the country’s safer areas. Russia has been trying to turn this crisis to its advantage. In EU countries, it has been promoting false narratives designed to generate public hostility towards Ukrainian refugees. In the case of Ukrainians relocated at national level, Russian propaganda sought to focus on fueling public unrest and internal tensions.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
28 Nov 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Western observers confirm that the referendums in Ukraine met the democratic standards

WAR PROPAGANDA: Western observers confirm that the referendums in Ukraine met the democratic standards

International observers from Western states have confirmed that the referendums in Donbass and in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions met the democratic standards, Russian state media say. In reality, the Western states did not send observers to the so-called referendums, and the “experts” cited by the Russian media are born in the West, but have lived in Russia for many years and support the Kremlin's policies.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
29 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The referendums of the annexation of Russian-held territories in eastern and southern Ukraine observe the UN Charter

WAR PROPAGANDA: The referendums of the annexation of Russian-held territories in eastern and southern Ukraine observe the UN Charter

The population of Donbas, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson have a right to self-determination under the UN Charter, which makes the referendums in southern and eastern Ukraine legitimate, says Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. In fact, Russia violated the UN Declaration on the Principles of International Law by invading Ukraine, and the international community will not recognize the referendums.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
24 Sep 2022
Russian independent press about the “volunteers” sent to the occupied territories in Ukraine and blackmailing Europe

Russian independent press about the “volunteers” sent to the occupied territories in Ukraine and blackmailing Europe

The Russian independent press reports that Russian doctors, teachers, civil servants and builders are being sent to the occupied territories of Ukraine to prepare “the union with Russia”. Meanwhile, Western sanctions are hitting the Russian economy and the well-being of the population, experts say. President Putin, however, continues to blackmail Europe with cold in the winter and famine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
20 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The Ukrainian army is bringing bodies to Lysychansk to simulate a new massacre

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Ukrainian army is bringing bodies to Lysychansk to simulate a new massacre

The Ukrainian army is bringing bodies and destroyed military technology to the town of Lysychansk to stage a new massacre, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense claim. This is the latest false narrative whereby Moscow is trying to blame Ukraine for the war crimes committed by Russian troops.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 May 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine is not rebuilding Kharkiv because it knows it will be annexed by Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine is not rebuilding Kharkiv because it knows it will be annexed by Russia

Telegram accounts in Russia and the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are disseminating propaganda narratives, according to which Kyiv leaders are starting to understand Kharkiv will unite with Russia, which is why Ukraine is not investing in the reconstruction of this oblast. In fact, Ukraine has ruled out the concession of any territory, but it cannot start reconstructing its cities as long as they are still being bombed.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The inhabitants of Zaporizhzhia have called for the city’s annexation to the People’s Republic of Donetsk

WAR PROPAGANDA: The inhabitants of Zaporizhzhia have called for the city’s annexation to the People’s Republic of Donetsk

The inhabitants of Zaporizhzhia has asked that their city be included in the People’s Republic of Donetsk, the Russian media writes. This is a fabrication – there has never been a request in this sense.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Apr 2022
“The People’s Republic of Kherson” – another failure disowned by the Russians. Moscow’s attempt to create new separatist entities and Ukraine’s resistance

“The People’s Republic of Kherson” – another failure disowned by the Russians. Moscow’s attempt to create new separatist entities and Ukraine’s resistance

Despite its overwhelming superiority in terms of military strength, Russia did not attain any notable objective in Ukraine, primarily due to the Ukrainians’ staunch resistance. Evidence of that can be found in the territories occupied by the Russian army, where the population refuses to accept occupation forces and the few local collaborators the Kremlin is trying to impose in key leadership positions.

Angela Grămadă
Angela Grămadă
07 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: 95% of Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia, says the Luhansk separatist leader Marat Bashirov.

WAR PROPAGANDA: 95% of Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia, says the Luhansk separatist leader Marat Bashirov.

Most Ukrainians are waiting to be liberated by Russia, which has been forced to launch a special operation and is the victim of Ukraine’s aggression, says the Luhansk separatist leader. These false narratives are amplified by the Russian media.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 Apr 2022
How pro-war Russian propaganda is taught in schools. Reports by Russian independent media

How pro-war Russian propaganda is taught in schools. Reports by Russian independent media

In the articles selected this week by Veridica, journalists are calling on their peers who sided with the Putin regime to tell the truth. They describe how war is being presented in schools across Russia and argue that information justifying the Russian aggression in Ukraine was introduced in school curricula a few years back.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
22 Mar 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA:  Ukraine wants to procrastinate the war and uses its citizens as human shields, whereas Russia is protecting civilians

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine wants to procrastinate the war and uses its citizens as human shields, whereas Russia is protecting civilians

The Russian media writes Kyiv alone is to blame for the prolonged conflict in Ukraine. The narrative is used alongside older propaganda messages, according to which Moscow is carrying out a special military operation aimed at protecting civilians, whom Kyiv is using as human shields.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 Mar 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia has discovered nationalist concentration camps in eastern Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: Russia has discovered nationalist concentration camps in eastern Ukraine

A concentration camp was discovered in the region of Luhansk, where Russian speaking people were tortured, according to a false narrative disseminated by the Russian state media. It presents Russia as a state that, through its “special military operation” in Donbass, freed the local population and chased away “the Nazis” and “the nationalists”.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Mar 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine was preparing to attack Donbass and was hiding its intentions by deploying soldiers in schools and hospitals

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine was preparing to attack Donbass and was hiding its intentions by deploying soldiers in schools and hospitals

Russian propaganda continues to seek to justify the invasion of Ukraine and the bombing of civilian targets, including schools and hospitals. According to a recent narrative, a Ukrainian attack on Donbass was imminent, and Kiev was hiding its intentions by deploying troops to schools and hospitals.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
18 Mar 2022
Narratives of Russian propaganda: from fighting Nazis who use people for human shields, to the war designed to stop the gay parades in Donbas

Narratives of Russian propaganda: from fighting Nazis who use people for human shields, to the war designed to stop the gay parades in Donbas

Among those, the obsession for imaginary “Nazis”, labeling anyone opposing Kremlin policy “traitors”, and criticism against the so-called LGBTQ “ideology”

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
18 Mar 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA:  Kyiv was preparing an aggression against Donbas in March, and Russia was forced to intervene to stop it

WAR PROPAGANDA: Kyiv was preparing an aggression against Donbas in March, and Russia was forced to intervene to stop it

The Russian government media published a series of documents designed to prove Ukraine was planning an invasion of Donbas in March. The narrative was launched with a view to justifying Russia’s military operations against Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 Mar 2022
The recognition of the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the war in Ukraine – the beginning of the end for Putin?

The recognition of the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the war in Ukraine – the beginning of the end for Putin?

The recognition of the separatist republics in Donbass, which was an intermediate step towards the total invasion of Ukraine, could prove to be one of Putin's biggest mistakes and the beginning of the end for his regime.

Angela Grămadă
Angela Grămadă
03 Mar 2022
DISINFORMATION: The USA doesn’t consider the deployment of Russian troops to the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Donbas an invasion of Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: The USA doesn’t consider the deployment of Russian troops to the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Donbas an invasion of Ukraine

The United States does not consider Russia is invading Ukraine by sending troops to the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, since it didn’t adopt harsher sanctions. This false narrative is promoted by Sorin Roșca Stănescu, a journalist known for being involved in criminal investigations, and whose articles regularly reference narratives similar to those publicized by Russian propaganda.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Feb 2022
Reactions in Ukraine to Russia’s recognition of the two separatist republics – analysts remain pessimistic

Reactions in Ukraine to Russia’s recognition of the two separatist republics – analysts remain pessimistic

Russia’s recognition of the two separatist republics has been described by Ukrainian analysts as an action that neutralizes the Minsk protocols, a step towards revitalizing Moscow’s Novorossiya project or merely a publicity stunt Putin has staged for the public at home. Conclusions are grim, marked by fears over Russia’s immediate actions.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
23 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: Kiev has staged, for the media, attacks by Donbass separatists on civilian infrastructure

FAKE NEWS: Kiev has staged, for the media, attacks by Donbass separatists on civilian infrastructure

The Pro-Kremlin media in Russia and in the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine have launched a series of false narratives about the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Donbass, which was allegedly staged by Kiev to “justify” its attacks on Russian-speakers.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine

The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine, the main Kremlin propagandists keep on claiming, while Russia has amassed troops and equipment near its border with that country. The narratives are aimed at making the West responsible for the situation in Ukraine and justifying the Russian aggression.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
18 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Kiev is inspired by Goebbels’ propaganda and says it is not obliged to negotiate with the separatists

DISINFORMATION: Kiev is inspired by Goebbels’ propaganda and says it is not obliged to negotiate with the separatists

Amid rising Russian-Ukrainian tensions and accusations against Moscow for surrounding Ukraine militarily, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukrainian officials were bound by the Minsk peace deal to negotiate with the separatists in Donbass, and Kiev's counterarguments were termed as propaganda in the style of Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Public Propaganda during the Nazi regime.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is preparing a massacre in Donbas

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is preparing a massacre in Donbas

Ukraine is planning on massacring the civilian population in Donbas, according to the separatist and Russian state media. This false narrative comes in response to Ukraine’s decision to mobilize its territorial defense forces in the face of a high risk of Russia invading the region.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
18 Jan 2022
The crisis in Ukraine: why a war is not to Russia’s advantage

The crisis in Ukraine: why a war is not to Russia’s advantage

NATO's refusal to accept Russia's latest demands against the background of the crisis in Ukraine has heightened fears that Moscow is preparing for war. It is a possible scenario, but one that would be extremely costly for Russia, even if it wins the fighting on the ground.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
16 Jan 2022
Breaking Fake News!: The Russo-Ukrainian War. What will Romania do?

Breaking Fake News!: The Russo-Ukrainian War. What will Romania do?

Russia amasses the largest military force on the border with Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea.  Alarming information appears in the Romanian press: Romania would go to war with Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova will attack Transnistria, supported by NATO. What is true and what is false?

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
18 Apr 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Ukrainians shot down MH17 mistaking it with Putin’s plane

FAKE NEWS: The Ukrainians shot down MH17 mistaking it with Putin’s plane

As a Dutch Court is handling the case of the civilian airline passenger Boeing MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, the narratives concerning the incident are resurfacing. This time it is claimed that the aircraft was mistaken for the Russian President’s plane. The Russian media is also highlighting a turn of events that may be soon witnessed as the reports filed by a Russian company were admitted.

Marianna Prysiazhniuk
Marianna Prysiazhniuk
25 Feb 2021
DISINFORMATION: the EU Association Agreement, a catastrophe for Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: the EU Association Agreement, a catastrophe for Ukraine

The EU and Ukraine reconfirmed their readiness to continue cooperation under the Association Agreement, which was an opportunity for a new disinformation campaign launched by the Russian press against Ukraine and the EU. "A catastrophe that’s been lasting for five years now, in every sphere of life", "a wrong foreign policy choice made by Ukraine" – are some of the reactions in the Russian press. Elements of typical narratives are present, such as: "fake state", "coup d'etat", "Russophobia", "poverty", etc.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
23 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine will lose territories for blocking pro-Russian television stations

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine will lose territories for blocking pro-Russian television stations

Ukraine could face the loss of new territories after the closure of three pro-Russian TV stations, RIA Novosti quotes the former Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, as saying. The news is fake: Saakashvili never referred to the loss of territories, but merely said Russia could use the ban on the TV stations as a pretext for new acts of aggression.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine bans “The Master and Margarita”

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine bans “The Master and Margarita”

Authorities in Kiev have banned an edition of Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita”, but online media in Russia treated the information as a total ban on this literary work.

Marianna Prysiazhniuk
Marianna Prysiazhniuk
04 Feb 2021
The Wagner Group: the “no man’s army” fighting Russia’s hybrid war

The Wagner Group: the “no man’s army” fighting Russia’s hybrid war

The more hybrid our reality gets, the more hybrid warfare becomes. The statement is Russia’s latest informal creed, underlying a disproportionate war waged abroad. For that, the country has been using a “no man’s army”, and its best-known avatar is the Wagner Group.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
27 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Ukrainian army is fed Russian-made potato mash

FAKE NEWS: The Ukrainian army is fed Russian-made potato mash

In late 2020 and early 2021, some news agencies have published a story according to which Ukraine’s potato supplies have run out, and in order to feed its own army Kiev is buying potatoes and potato mash from Russia. The news has deeply confused public opinion. On the one hand, Kiev made it very clear it opposes Russian aggression in Donbass (the Ukrainian Parliament has recognized Russia as an aggressor state), while on the other hand this fake news released by the press portrays Ukraine as incapable of providing the most basic necessities (food!) to its own army.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is a false state whose collapse is bound to continue

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine is a false state whose collapse is bound to continue

Narratives on the “inevitable” collapse of Ukraine, based on the concept of “false state”, have been promoted by Russia since the Euromaidan protests of 2014. After the annexation of Crimea and the occupation of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Russian and pro-Russian media in Ukraine and in the Russian-speaking world is seizing every opportunity and story to recall that Ukraine is “a false state” that can collapse at any time. Oftentimes the information is deceiving, and the statements of certain experts / politicians are taken out of context.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
05 Jan 2021