Ukraine: Latest news, analysis, video interviews, video reports

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.
Transnistria, Găgăuzia, Bălți. Challenges in the Republic of Moldova ahead of Victory Day.

Transnistria, Găgăuzia, Bălți. Challenges in the Republic of Moldova ahead of Victory Day.

As May 9 draws closer, the day when Russia and other ex-Soviet countries celebrate the victory against Nazi Germany, the number of incidents impacting Moldova’s weak spots increases. In Găgăuzia or Bălți, there are voices calling for breaching the law banning the symbols associated with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Several unclaimed “attacks” have taken place in Transnistria.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
03 May 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Crimean Tatars support Russia’s military actions on Ukrainian territory

WAR PROPAGANDA: Crimean Tatars support Russia’s military actions on Ukrainian territory

Crimean Tatars support Russia’s war against Ukraine, which the Kremlin has dubbed “a special military operation”, reads a false narrative disseminated by Russian state media. In fact, Tatars have opposed Russian aggression ever since 2014, when Moscow occupied and captured Crimea.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
03 May 2022
The Russian independent media writes about how Moscow hides its military causalities in Ukraine and the Russians who oppose the war

The Russian independent media writes about how Moscow hides its military causalities in Ukraine and the Russians who oppose the war

The Russian independent media continue to report on the war in Ukraine and its impact on the people of Russia, on the Russian soldiers who have disappeared during the invasion and the families that are looking for them, on young people who are forced to sign contracts to fight in the war, or on Russian citizens protesting against the aggression, even if they risk their freedom and their lives.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
03 May 2022
FAKE NEWS: Romania is amassing its military forces on the borders with the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: Romania is amassing its military forces on the borders with the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

A convoy of Romanian military technology was caught on camera while moving towards with borders with the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the Russian media writes, referring to a video captured by an amateur with his mobile phone. The footage, used as part of other disinformation narratives as well, serves as an excuse to reiterate the fake news about Romania’s plans to occupy the Republic of Moldova and to attack the Transnistrian separatist region.

Veridica
Veridica
02 May 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
FAKE NEWS: The attacks in Transnistria were staged by the West to bring Moldova into NATO and capture Soviet-era ammunition

FAKE NEWS: The attacks in Transnistria were staged by the West to bring Moldova into NATO and capture Soviet-era ammunition

Western states and Ukraine have staged terrorist acts in Transnistria in order to push Moldova into NATO and capture the ammunition stored in the region from the days of the Soviet Union, the Russian media writes. These false narratives are used alongside an older metanarrative about the West’s responsibility for the war in Ukraine.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
30 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Poland will take control of its “historical provinces” in Ukraine with the help of the USA

WAR PROPAGANDA: Poland will take control of its “historical provinces” in Ukraine with the help of the USA

Poland will capture its “historical provinces” in Ukraine, taking advantage of Ukraine’s position of weakness, the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence, Sergey Naryshkin says. Amplified by the Russian media, the narrative lacks any substance and is disproved by the actions and declarations of Poland in support of Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
29 Apr 2022
Bulgaria: Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, the driving force behind the country’s slow motion divorce from Russia

Bulgaria: Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, the driving force behind the country’s slow motion divorce from Russia

PM Kiril Petkov faces numerous challenges in his desire to send military aid to Ukraine including severing his relationship with the man who introduced him into politics, President Radev. On top of that, Russia cut Bulgaria’s gas supply, adding to the challenges faced by the government.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
29 Apr 2022
The attacks in Transnistria and the risk of a Russian intervention in the Republic of Moldova. Could Romania be dragged into the conflict?

The attacks in Transnistria and the risk of a Russian intervention in the Republic of Moldova. Could Romania be dragged into the conflict?

A Russian general recently referred to Transnistria as one of the objectives of the second phase of the war in Ukraine. Will Russia stop in Transnistria, or will it actually reach Chișinău, which is literally a stone’s throw away? And what should Romania do if that happens? 1940 is the year on everyone’s lips these days…

Veridica
Veridica
28 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Vladimir Putin convinced the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, that Ukrainian Nazis must be brought before the International Criminal Court

WAR PROPAGANDA: Vladimir Putin convinced the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, that Ukrainian Nazis must be brought before the International Criminal Court

The Russian media writes about the meeting president Vladimir Putin had with UN Secretary General, António Guterres, describing it as a major win for Moscow at international level. According to false narratives published by Kremlin-linked news agencies, Putin convinced Guterres that the Nazis in Ukraine have committed war crimes and that Russia’s “special military operation” abides by UN principles.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
28 Apr 2022
Andrey Kurkov: Practically, Putin was working hard to consolidate Ukrainian nation and he achieved what he didn't want, because Ukrainian nation is ready to defend itself

Andrey Kurkov: Practically, Putin was working hard to consolidate Ukrainian nation and he achieved what he didn't want, because Ukrainian nation is ready to defend itself

Andrey Kurkov is one of the most important contemporary Ukrainian writers. He writes in Russian, but has been described as an "enemy of Russian culture." In an interview with Veridica, Andrey Kurkov spoke about Russia's return to the monarchy under "Tsar" Vladimir Putin, the decoupling - at least temporarily - from Russian culture, but also about Moscow's war against his country.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
28 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine is planning attacks on Russian-held positions with the use of chemical and biological weapons

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine is planning attacks on Russian-held positions with the use of chemical and biological weapons

Ukraine used chemical and biological munition fired by drones, the Russian Ministry of Defense claims, without providing any evidence in this respect. The false narrative was picked up by the Russian media, which is involved in an effort designed to secure public support for the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
26 Apr 2022
The Russian independent media about war crimes and how the regime’s lies are spread in international courts, history books and schools of journalism

The Russian independent media about war crimes and how the regime’s lies are spread in international courts, history books and schools of journalism

Veridica has selected stories about how war lies are fabricated, how the words Ukraine and Kyiv have been removed from textbooks, and what journalism students are learning in the country's new political context.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
26 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Southern Ukraine, liberated from the nationalists, wants to become part of the Russian Federation

WAR PROPAGANDA: Southern Ukraine, liberated from the nationalists, wants to become part of the Russian Federation

The inhabitants of regions in southern Ukraine are calling for the unification with Russia, after being liberated from the occupation of Ukrainian nationalists, the Russian media writes. The narrative is not based on any research and is part of Russia’s wider war propaganda.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 Apr 2022
Why Erdogan's Turkey will not be able to rebuild its relations with its Western allies

Why Erdogan's Turkey will not be able to rebuild its relations with its Western allies

More and more international observers wonder if Turkish leaders, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in particular, are truly capable of implementing a change. There are some signs indicating this might be possible, although the more knowledgeable pundits remain sceptic, claiming that a return to the reformist agenda of the early years of the government’s mandate (2002-2009) is impossible.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
21 Apr 2022
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine and the US have tried to pull Romania into the war with Russia

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine and the US have tried to pull Romania into the war with Russia

Ukraine's military intelligence service, along with the United States, has tried to trick Romania into sending special forces to Kherson, near Crimea, to be attacked by the Russians. The story was launched in Bucharest.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
21 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: French gendarmes will cover up the traces of Ukraine’s crimes in Bucha

WAR PROPAGANDA: French gendarmes will cover up the traces of Ukraine’s crimes in Bucha

The Russian media writes that Ukraine is responsible for the hundreds of civilians found dead in Bucha, and in order to cover up these crimes, Kyiv has called on French gendarmes for help. In fact, French specialists only arrived in Ukraine to examine and collect evidence of the war crimes committed by Russia.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Apr 2022
Kyiv expert: “The Russian forces couldn’t deal with the Ukrainian army, so they started taking revenge on civilians”

Kyiv expert: “The Russian forces couldn’t deal with the Ukrainian army, so they started taking revenge on civilians”

There is now a great deal of coagulation in Ukraine over the national idea, and Ukrainians quickly understood, from the earliest days of the Russian invasion, that they have to either fight or be killed, says Nadija Afanasieva, director of the Ukrainian Institute for International Politics in Kyiv. In an interview with Veridica, the international relations expert explained what Vladimir Putin actually meant when he said that Russia had “noble intentions”, but also what the role of the Transnistrian region in the economy of this war is.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Apr 2022
Information war: Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking its territory, while Kyiv claims Moscow is looking for excuses to escalate the conflict

Information war: Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking its territory, while Kyiv claims Moscow is looking for excuses to escalate the conflict

Russia claims Ukraine bombed targets on its territory. The lack of any strategic importance of these targets, as well as the similarities with disinformation narratives launched in the past by Russian propaganda, suggest however that Moscow is looking for new excuses to intensify its bombings in Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
17 Apr 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Zelensky admitted Ukraine started the conflict with Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: Zelensky admitted Ukraine started the conflict with Russia

The Russian media is disseminating propaganda narratives, according to which Volodymyr Zelensky admitted in an interview to the BBC that Ukraine was the one that started the conflict with Russia, involving NATO member states in the war as well. In fact, Zelensky’s words were taken out of context and given a tendentious interpretation.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Apr 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
From Srebrenica to Bucha and Mariupol: actions taken to investigate and prosecute war crimes

From Srebrenica to Bucha and Mariupol: actions taken to investigate and prosecute war crimes

From the massacres in former Yugoslavia and the genocide in Rwanda to Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, the international community had to take action in order to bring criminals to justice. In the case of Yugoslavia and Rwanda, international courts of law were set up. In the case of Russia, a nuclear power with veto rights in the UN Security Council, identifying and prosecuting the people who committed atrocities such as the massacre in Bucha, might be more complicated, although there are solutions in this case as well.

Ioana Dumitrescu
Ioana Dumitrescu
15 Apr 2022
Why Kyiv’s security framework is unlikely to create “a new NATO”

Why Kyiv’s security framework is unlikely to create “a new NATO”

Ukraine has been willing, in negotiations with Russia, to drop its aspirations to join the North Atlantic Alliance if it receives the security guarantees which is trying to present to the population as a "NATO of its own". The solution is less feasible now, when the parties seem to be negotiating rather to gain time.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
14 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
DISINFORMATION: Zelensky conditions the right of the Romanian community in Ukraine on Bucharest’s help

DISINFORMATION: Zelensky conditions the right of the Romanian community in Ukraine on Bucharest’s help

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky makes the protection of the rights of the Romanian minority in Ukraine conditional on the aid that Romania should provide to the Kyiv authorities in this war.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
07 Apr 2022
FAKE NEWS: The USA is sending to Ukraine Afghan military who fled their Taliban-occupied country

FAKE NEWS: The USA is sending to Ukraine Afghan military who fled their Taliban-occupied country

The Russian media is distributing propaganda narratives, according to which the USA will deploy former military of the Afghan armed forces to Ukraine. In fact, the USA has not and will not deploy troops to the territory of Ukraine in the context of the war with Russia.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
06 Apr 2022
The Republic of Moldova – between Ukraine’s pressure and the dependency on Russian gas

The Republic of Moldova – between Ukraine’s pressure and the dependency on Russian gas

In recent weeks, the Republic of Moldova has seen increasing pressure from Ukraine. Kyiv is persistently calling on Chișinău to take measures in order to rally itself to the international sanctions imposed on Russia. Such a move would be however irrelevant in economic terms, and wouldn’t represent such a strong signal not even at political level. Instead, it could cause bigger troubles for the pro-European government,

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
06 Apr 2022
Volodymyr Zelensky’s messages to the world: calls for help, references to political symbols and historical events, denouncement of Russia’s war crimes

Volodymyr Zelensky’s messages to the world: calls for help, references to political symbols and historical events, denouncement of Russia’s war crimes

Zelensky spoke up for Ukraine in front of numerous legislative and international bodies. Each time, the message carried a call for help and a plea to stop Russia. The speeches that conveyed this message were adapted to the specific audiences Zelensky addressed, including references to historical figures and events, as well as shared ideas and values.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
04 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
The war in Ukraine is pushing Bulgaria away from Russia but the move is threatening the ruling coalition in Sofia

The war in Ukraine is pushing Bulgaria away from Russia but the move is threatening the ruling coalition in Sofia

The invasion is having long-term effects on the relationship between Bulgaria and Russia. Pro-Ukraine demonstrations and numerous volunteer initiatives for the Ukrainian refugees have spread all over the country, and patience for the controversial Russian ambassador to Sofia is running out, as the government mulls plans to finally diversify its gas resources..

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
31 Mar 2022
The impact of the war on Ukrainian society: an outburst of hatred towards Russia and a spectacular increase in Zelensky’s approval rating

The impact of the war on Ukrainian society: an outburst of hatred towards Russia and a spectacular increase in Zelensky’s approval rating

The war had a powerful impact on the perception of Ukrainians, something which has been confirmed by opinion polls published after February 24. From a politician with plummeting numbers, Volodymyr Zelensky’s approval rating has now reached unbelievably high levels. Russia is now hated by most Ukrainians, who also distance themselves from the Moscow Patriarchy

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
31 Mar 2022