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Veridica has been publishing updated news about Ukraine ever since its establishment. The developments in this country are monitored by the Bucharest-based team of journalists specializing in international news and current affairs, as well as by Ukrainian contributors. Ukrainian journalists and experts who have over the years contributed to Veridica provide us with a better understanding of the latest news from Kyiv, helping us offer in-depth coverage of the most important stories from Ukraine. Veridica’s news section includes analyses, editorials, video materials, debunked false narratives and press reviews. When writing articles about Ukraine, Veridica journalists work with both local (media outlets, local contributors and their sources) and international sources. Information from and about Ukraine is delivered in a broader context, in geographical terms (taking into account the local, regional and international contexts) as well as by providing a timeline and some background: to better understand present-day developments, it is important to know the events that determined the current state of affairs.
FAKE NEWS: The future Polish-Ukrainian state is negotiating the territorial division of Romania

FAKE NEWS: The future Polish-Ukrainian state is negotiating the territorial division of Romania

According to the Romanian Senator Diana Șoșoacă, Ukraine will break into pieces and lose territories but, at the same time, it will form a state alongside Poland and contribute to the dismantling of Romania. The narratives are similar to those promoted by Russia, especially the meta-narrative regarding the artificial nature of the Ukrainian state.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
11 Apr 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: The USA will dispatch 200 thousand Ukrainian suicide bombers who will take their orders from the Pentagon

WAR PROPAGANDA: The USA will dispatch 200 thousand Ukrainian suicide bombers who will take their orders from the Pentagon

A number of Ukrainian brigades report directly to the Pentagon and will be sent to certain death as part of an offensive in southern and southeastern Ukraine, according to a false narrative disseminated by the Russian media. In fact, Ukrainian combat units are subordinated to the Ukrainian Defense Staff, and the newly created brigades are made up particularly of seasoned servicemen.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
10 Apr 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine will continue to assassinate Russians based on a list published online

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine will continue to assassinate Russians based on a list published online

Ukraine will be killing a number of people included on the website Mytrovorets, which allegedly shows the next targets of Kyiv, says the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova. In fact, the said website is a private project meant to draw attention towards people who are, one way or another, supporting Russia’s interests, irrespective of their country of origin.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
06 Apr 2023
Despite the war, the Russians keep making money in Ukraine

Despite the war, the Russians keep making money in Ukraine

After Russia attacked Ukraine in 2014, the Russian oligarchs or others close to them continued to make money in Ukraine, where they invested in telephone networks, banks, industry, the energy sector and tourism. Many of these businesses have kept bringing money to the Russians even after the February 2022 full-scale invasion.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
03 Apr 2023
FAKE NEWS: Western diplomats are preparing Moldova's entry into the war

FAKE NEWS: Western diplomats are preparing Moldova's entry into the war

Two Western diplomats visited the Republic of Moldova last week to discuss its involvement in the war in Ukraine, writes the Donetk publication trmsk.ru. In reality, the talks did not concern Moldova's involvement in the war; on the contrary, the country is actually exposed to the risk of a Russian operation.

Veridica
Veridica
21 Mar 2023
The narratives about Transnistria draw public attention away from Russia’s plans to destabilize Moldova and its defeats in Ukraine

The narratives about Transnistria draw public attention away from Russia’s plans to destabilize Moldova and its defeats in Ukraine

From disinformation spread by propaganda regarding the imminence of a war in Transnistria, Russia has now moved to official statements about Ukraine’s plans to invade the separatist region of the Republic of Moldova. Transnistria seems to be used to draw attention away from Russia’s plan to destabilize Moldova, as well as from the defeats sustained in Ukraine. Besides, the pro-Russian opposition in Chișinău could take advantage of the panic induced by the prospect of war.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
01 Mar 2023
How Russian propaganda exploits Ukraine’s war fatigue

How Russian propaganda exploits Ukraine’s war fatigue

The timespan of the conflict, which exceeded original estimates, the losses sustained so far and daily hardships continue to leave their mark, and many Ukrainians now struggle with war fatigue – even though they are still determined to resist. Russian propaganda has been trying, using its specific mechanisms, to capitalize on this fatigue and on any other problems that are inherent to such a destructive war that seems to be never-ending.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
14 Feb 2023
From Z to Saint Javelin: symbols of the two sides of the war in Ukraine

From Z to Saint Javelin: symbols of the two sides of the war in Ukraine

The letter Z, written in paint on Russian tanks, a mural of “Holy Javelin” on a block in Kyiv, “babushka Z” coming out to meet the Russian army or the insult “Idi nahui” addressed to the invading forces – these are some of the symbols associated with the war in Ukraine. Moscow uses symbols to justify its invasion and convince Russian men to enlist; Ukraine, to raise the morale and determination to resist, but also to strengthen the population’s feeling of national identity.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 Feb 2023
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