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FAKE NEWS: The Romanian Orthodox Church wants to take over parishes from Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in order to pave the way for the annexation of territories by Romania

FAKE NEWS: The Romanian Orthodox Church wants to take over parishes from Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in order to pave the way for the annexation of territories by Romania

The Romanian Orthodox Church wants to take over parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, the pro-Kremlin publication Politnavigator writes. According to the media outlet, the first step in this respect in Ukraine would be for Romania to capture Bukovina, whereas in the Republic of Moldova the Moldovan authorities will abolish the Metropolitanate of Moldova, which is subordinated to the Russian Orthodox Church. The article contains a number of false narratives designed to promote several disinformation theses, for instance Romania allegedly having an expansionist policy and Ukraine being an artificial state.

Veridica
Veridica
23 Jan 2023
FAKE NEWS: Already conquered by the West, Romania lets itself be trampled upon by Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: Already conquered by the West, Romania lets itself be trampled upon by Ukraine

With its sovereignty at the mercy of the great Western powers, Romania is now turning itself into a doormat for Kyiv and dismissed its Minister of Defense, Vasile Dâncu, just because he spoke of peace, according to the former Prime Minister, Viorica Dăncilă. The narrative very much resembles Russia's, according to which Ukraine - the country under attack - is the one that does not want peace. Viorica Dăncilă has also promoted the false narrative that Ukraine undermines Romania’s agriculture and, implicitly, its economy.

Veridica
Veridica
23 Nov 2022
FAKE NEWS: Chișinău is negotiating with Kyiv a territory exchange: it offers a military depot in Transnistria in exchange for a part of the region of Odessa

FAKE NEWS: Chișinău is negotiating with Kyiv a territory exchange: it offers a military depot in Transnistria in exchange for a part of the region of Odessa

The Republic of Moldova wants to give Transnistria to Ukraine in exchange for a part of the region of Odessa. Kyiv might thus get its hands on the munition warehouse Russia is currently controlling in Transnistria, according to a false narrative disseminated by the Russian media. In fact, a territory exchange was never in the cards. As regards the munition storehouse, the Republic of Moldova has for many years asking that the munition be transferred to Russia and that this country withdraw from its territory.

Veridica
Veridica
21 Nov 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Israel will not supply weapons to Ukraine lest they should be stolen or sold to Iran

WAR PROPAGANDA: Israel will not supply weapons to Ukraine lest they should be stolen or sold to Iran

Israel will not provide Ukraine with weapons lest they should be sold to Iran, according to Kremlin-linked media, which deliberately misquotes former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, the Israeli politician’s statement is taken out of context, while Israel refused to supply weapons to Ukraine for different reasons.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
26 Oct 2022
Is Ukraine capable of withstanding a nuclear attack from Russia?

Is Ukraine capable of withstanding a nuclear attack from Russia?

Starting February 24, Russia has been using nuclear blackmail increasingly often, either via propaganda or in the discourse of various officials, from president Putin to the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. At first, Russia threatened only the West, but lately we have witnessed an increasing number of threats regarding the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Will Ukraine be capable of withstanding a possible nuclear attack and stay in the fight? Are Ukrainian authorities, the army and the people ready for this scenario?

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
10 Oct 2022
Yuri Felshtinsky: Putin wanted a Russian-Ukrainian-Belarusian army that he could use to conquer Baltic States and the Republic of Moldova

Yuri Felshtinsky: Putin wanted a Russian-Ukrainian-Belarusian army that he could use to conquer Baltic States and the Republic of Moldova

Vladimir Putin’s original plan was to subdue Ukraine without bloodshed and create a joint Russian-Ukrainian-Belarusian army that he could use to conquer Baltic States and the Republic of Moldova, the Russian-American expert Yuri Felshtinsky argues, adding that Moscow’s recent actions suggest, despite all the threats, that no nuclear weapons will be used against Ukraine.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
06 Oct 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine will use a radiological bomb in the south of the country

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine will use a radiological bomb in the south of the country

Ukraine's president has ordered the use of a so-called “dirty” bomb, which contains radiological material, in the south of the country, according to a Russian state media propaganda narrative. In reality, Ukraine does not produce dirty bombs, nor does it intend to attack its own population, while nuclear blackmail is increasingly present in the speeches delivered by Russian politicians.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
05 Oct 2022
“The European Political Community” for Moldova and Ukraine: between skepticism and ambiguity

“The European Political Community” for Moldova and Ukraine: between skepticism and ambiguity

French President Emmanuel Macron's project for a “European Political Community” is back in the spotlight after months of not much talk about it. It is known that the project also targets partner states outside the EU, but it is not at all clear what it means for the countries that want to join the EU; there are fears that, through the formation of the Community, accession could be postponed indefinitely, that the executive in Brussels will support the French proposal.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
28 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: The Republic of Moldova wants to trade territories with Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The Republic of Moldova wants to trade territories with Ukraine

The Republic of Moldova wants to trade territories with Ukraine, conceding Transnistria in exchange for southern Bessarabia and Bukovina, according to a Russian publication that reinterprets a statement made by an MP representing the Moldovan Parliament majority. The same source also picks up on a number of older false narratives about the Republic of Moldova and raises the question of Moscow recognizing the independence of Transnistria.

Veridica
Veridica
26 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: The secret services will orchestrate protests to justify the EU abandoning Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The secret services will orchestrate protests to justify the EU abandoning Ukraine

European Union Member States will abandon Ukraine ahead of the cold season lest Russia should suspend its gas deliveries and for fear of a nuclear threat coming from Moscow. To justify their decision, EU countries will play host to a number of protests with the help of the secret services.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Sep 2022
Independent Russian press on the incompetence and cynicism of Putin's officers and how the diaspora is being used to support the invasion of Ukraine

Independent Russian press on the incompetence and cynicism of Putin's officers and how the diaspora is being used to support the invasion of Ukraine

In their zeal to carry out orders, Russian army officers sent their men to their deaths, writes the independent Russian press, which carries testimonies of some soldiers who fought in Ukraine. Another topic is the Russians in the diaspora who, allied with the extreme right in the West, organize demonstrations in support of the war in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
20 Sep 2022
Protests in Chișinău: the criminals’ swansong

Protests in Chișinău: the criminals’ swansong

The internal stability of the Republic of Moldova is threatened by pro-Russian politicians who are trying to stir the pot by capitalizing on the numerous crises facing this country. The most vocal of them are politicians who’ve had run-ins with the law, such as Ilan Shor, the mastermind behind the “billion-dollar theft”, as well as former Socialist leader Igor Dodon, indicted on five distinct charges. Aware of their schemes, Moscow uses energy exports as blackmail.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The Government in Kyiv has voiced mistrust in its Western partners

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Government in Kyiv has voiced mistrust in its Western partners

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said it no longer trusts its Western partners, who don’t want peace in Ukraine, reads a propaganda narrative published by the Russian state media. Oleksii Reznikov’s statement was taken out of context. The Ukrainian official referred to a prospective multilateral peace agreement once Russia has surrendered and a constructive dialogue with the West.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
16 Sep 2022
Why is Kharkiv so important for both Ukrainians and Russians. An outpost of the “Russian world” vs. a symbol of Ukraine

Why is Kharkiv so important for both Ukrainians and Russians. An outpost of the “Russian world” vs. a symbol of Ukraine

The successful counteroffensive of the Ukrainian armed forces in the Kharkiv region was not just the result of good tactical planning, but also a consequence of pro-Ukrainian sentiment at society level, determined by the country’s history, its invaluable cultural legacy and the positive experience of the first two phases of fighting off the Russian aggression.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
13 Sep 2022
How the Republic of Moldova distanced itself from Russia under the pro-European leadership and against the background of the war in Ukraine

How the Republic of Moldova distanced itself from Russia under the pro-European leadership and against the background of the war in Ukraine

The Republic of Moldova has increasingly distanced itself from Russia since the pro-European forces came to power in Chisinau following the early parliamentary elections of July 2021. The new government has taken a series of measures to reduce Moscow's influence and the dependence on it and sought, at the same time, to get in line, as much as possible, with the Western stands.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Sep 2022
The Republic of Moldova is getting ready for a complicated autumn. Russia’s schemes

The Republic of Moldova is getting ready for a complicated autumn. Russia’s schemes

The Republic of Moldova could face a number of serious challenges this autumn, given that Russia wants to bring this country back into its orbit. At domestic level, Moscow is expected to use any leverage it has in the separatist region of Transnistria and in Găgăuzia. Adding to these pressure points will be the country’s energy concerns.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
09 Sep 2022
Ukrainians believe in victory, are partial to Euro-Atlantic integration and keep a critical eye on the authorities

Ukrainians believe in victory, are partial to Euro-Atlantic integration and keep a critical eye on the authorities

Most Ukrainians believe their country will win the war against Russia, reads a recent survey carried out by the International Republican Institute. The study also reveals that Ukrainians continue to argue in favor of Euro-Atlantic integration, although their perception of NATO reported fluctuations due to delays or readiness to provide military assistance, and they remain critical of their elected officials, despite the war.

Angela Grămadă
Angela Grămadă
07 Sep 2022
The Russian independent media writes about Moscow’s manipulation of the IAEA delegation to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the indoctrination of Russian pupils and Ukrainian fighters at Azovstal

The Russian independent media writes about Moscow’s manipulation of the IAEA delegation to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the indoctrination of Russian pupils and Ukrainian fighters at Azovstal

An “independent expert” dispatched by the IAEA at the Zaporizhzhya NPP is actually a primatologist with long-standing political ties in Russia, the Russian independent media writes. Veridica has selected a number of articles describing how Russian children are taught to love, fight and die for the motherland and about Ukrainian fighters at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
05 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Anthony Fauci has confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was produced in Ukrainian labs

WAR PROPAGANDA: Anthony Fauci has confirmed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was produced in Ukrainian labs

The former US chief epidemiologist has publicly admitted that US laboratories in Ukraine were involved in the production of the coronavirus, according to media in Russia and in the self-proclaimed Luhansk republic. The so-called news is a fabrication: there is no statement by Anthony Fauci regarding the production of viruses or other biological weapons in Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
05 Sep 2022
Romanian Language Day and the Republic of Moldova’s inability to discover its own identity and guarantee its security

Romanian Language Day and the Republic of Moldova’s inability to discover its own identity and guarantee its security

Uncertainty linked to the official language of the Republic of Moldova, 31 years after this country proclaimed its independence, reflects just how hard defining and accepting a national identity has been. The country’s inability to settle linguistic disputes and break away from “Moldovenism”, a Soviet construct, is one of Chișinău’s many failures: after 31 years of independence, the country is still unable to fully control its territory and to ensure its energy and military security.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
31 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Due to Kyiv’s neo-Nazi propaganda, Ukrainians don’t understand that Russia is here to liberate, not occupy them

WAR PROPAGANDA: Due to Kyiv’s neo-Nazi propaganda, Ukrainians don’t understand that Russia is here to liberate, not occupy them

Due to Kyiv’s propaganda efforts in the last eight years, Ukrainians fail to understand that the Russian soldiers are there to liberate them, and mistakenly believe Russia is the occupier, according to false narratives promoted by Kremlin-linked media. In fact, Russia launched a conquest war, provoking the death of thousands of people and wide-reaching destruction.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
28 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The USA will cause a nuclear disaster in Ukraine to conceal evidence of their biological weapons laboratories

WAR PROPAGANDA: The USA will cause a nuclear disaster in Ukraine to conceal evidence of their biological weapons laboratories

The United States wants a nuclear disaster to happen at the Zaporizhzhia NPP in order to wipe out any evidence of their biological weapons labs, reads a false narrative disseminated by the Russian government media. In fact, no Western state wants to see a nuclear incident, all the more so as it might have a powerful global impact, whereas the laboratories manufacturing biological weapons in Ukraine are a fabrication of Russian propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
25 Aug 2022
Opinion barometers after six months of war: Ukrainians are breaking up with the “Russian world” for good and want to be part of the EU, but not at any cost

Opinion barometers after six months of war: Ukrainians are breaking up with the “Russian world” for good and want to be part of the EU, but not at any cost

Putin's objective to bring the neighboring country back into Moscow's orbit and into the so-called “Russian world” seems, more than ever, doomed to failure: Ukrainians no longer believe in the possibility of a reconciliation with Russia even after the fall of the Putin regime. The majority of Ukraine's population now wants European integration, but does not seem willing to accept all the EU's conditions.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Aug 2022
The anti-oligarch law in Ukraine: a necessary measure, or a step towards an authoritarian regime?

The anti-oligarch law in Ukraine: a necessary measure, or a step towards an authoritarian regime?

In recent years, Ukraine has taken a series of measures to secure its information space, affected both by Russian manipulation and disinformation campaigns, and by the influence of some oligarchs pursuing their own interests. The measures include a law aimed at taking the media away from the control of oligarchs. The effect has been more state control over the media, and the question arises whether it is a temporary situation, justified by the war, or a regression of Ukrainian democracy.

Angela Grămadă
Angela Grămadă
12 Aug 2022
Russian independent media: urban legends about the war and disinformation carried by the Amnesty International report

Russian independent media: urban legends about the war and disinformation carried by the Amnesty International report

Urban legends about Ukrainians and the war in Ukraine end up being used as war propaganda by Moscow, the Russian independent media writes, also proving why the Amnesty International report criticizing Ukraine manipulates and misinforms public opinion and how the Putin regime is using nuclear weapons as a threat.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
10 Aug 2022
One year since PAS took the government in Chisinau: achievements and failures

One year since PAS took the government in Chisinau: achievements and failures

Natalia Gavriliță’s Cabinet, supported by the majority made up of Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) MPs, has in the last year constantly navigated a number of unprecedented crises, a record-high inflation of some 32%, but it also grabbed the biggest victory since 1991 - obtaining EU candidate status.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
10 Aug 2022
Ukraine's wartime press: hit by “deoligarchization”, underfunded and increasingly controlled by authorities

Ukraine's wartime press: hit by “deoligarchization”, underfunded and increasingly controlled by authorities

In recent months, the press in Ukraine has gone through a series of important changes, as it had to adapt to the new realities dictated by the war – funding cuts, personnel problems, involvement in the effort to mobilize the population. On the other hand, the media landscape is also feeling the impact of the “deoligarchization” law, promulgated by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in November 2021, before the start of the war.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
08 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: At the behest of the US, Kyiv will cause a nuclear war in Zaporizhzhia

WAR PROPAGANDA: At the behest of the US, Kyiv will cause a nuclear war in Zaporizhzhia

Ukraine could cause a nuclear disaster if it keeps bombing the Zaporizhzhia power plant as ordered by the US, according to a propaganda narrative released by Russia's Foreign Ministry and distributed by the state media. In reality, Russia is placing weapons and military equipment on the plant’s site, endangering the nuclear security of Europe.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
02 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: US scholars support Putin’s ideas about Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: US scholars support Putin’s ideas about Ukraine

The Russian state press has taken out of context a statement by the former US Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, and have disseminated a propaganda narrative, according to which American scholars support Putin's ideas about Ukraine. In reality, McFaul presented several opinion trends from the US and around the world on the history of Ukraine, and not on the current Russian-Ukrainian war.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 Jul 2022
FAKE NEWS: Romania will be invaded by Africans and Asians coming from Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: Romania will be invaded by Africans and Asians coming from Ukraine

Romania will receive lots of African and Asians fleeing the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and Romanian authorities keep their nationality secret.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukrainian refugees in Germany will be accommodated in a former Nazi concentration camp

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukrainian refugees in Germany will be accommodated in a former Nazi concentration camp

The Russian state media claims, part of a propaganda narrative, that the Ukrainian refugees in Germany will be accommodated in the former Nazi concentration camp of Sachsenhausen. In reality, the former camp is now home to a memorial museum, and the images used to show the accommodation invitations for the Ukrainian refuges are fake.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Jul 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