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Veridica contributors are monitoring, analyzing and debunking for you the main fake news circulated in the public sphere. Although the terms “fake news” and “false news” are often synonymous in modern-day language, the key difference consists in the intention behind them: fake news narratives are circulated by a state or an organization with a view to spreading confusion and generating social unrest, whereas false news are not rooted in an ideology or the strategy of a state, and sometimes they are not designed to manipulate public opinion.
WAR PROPAGANDA: The West is forcing Russia to expand its military operations in Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: The West is forcing Russia to expand its military operations in Ukraine

Russia will have to expand its military operations in several Ukrainian regions in order to defend itself against the threat of Western arms provided to Kyiv, according to a propaganda narrative disseminated by the Russian state media. In reality, the West is supporting Ukraine to defend itself against the aggression of Russia, which has committed war crimes, caused enormous destruction and triggered a refugee crisis in the EU.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
23 Jan 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
WAR PROPAGANDA: The former Prosecutor General of Ukraine is morally preparing Ukrainians for defeat

WAR PROPAGANDA: The former Prosecutor General of Ukraine is morally preparing Ukrainians for defeat

The former Prosecutor General of Ukraine has admitted that Ukraine will be defeated by Russia, the Russian media reports. Yuriy Lutsenko, who was also one of the leaders of the opposition during the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych's term, would thus morally prepare the Ukrainians for defeat. In reality, the politician's words were taken out of context. What he actually wrote was that, despite the difficulties encountered, Ukraine will succeed in liberating all its occupied territories.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
21 Jan 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: Volodymyr Zelensky wants a global nuclear war

WAR PROPAGANDA: Volodymyr Zelensky wants a global nuclear war

Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the West to deliver more weapons in order to start a global nuclear war, the Russian government media writes, quoting a French politician. In fact, Ukraine needs more weapons from the West in order to defend itself against the Russian aggression in the context of ongoing hostilities.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Jan 2023
FAKE NEWS: The West and Romania will go to war on the side of Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The West and Romania will go to war on the side of Ukraine

A multinational coalition other than NATO will go to war on the side of Ukraine, thus confirming that Moscow is, in fact, fighting the West, which is perpetuating the fratricidal Russian-Ukrainian conflict in order to achieve global economic supremacy. The false narrative was launched by journalist Ion Cristoiu. In reality, Cristoiu interprets facts and statements in a personal note, without providing any evidence to support his claims.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
19 Jan 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: Mothers and wives of Ukrainian soldiers killed in action are proteststing against war

WAR PROPAGANDA: Mothers and wives of Ukrainian soldiers killed in action are proteststing against war

A mass protest against the war was held in Kyiv by the wives and mothers of Ukrainian soldiers killed in action, according to a propaganda narrative carried by the Russian state media. In reality, a rally was held in the capital of Ukraine by the wives and mothers of the soldiers in captivity, who called on the president to organize a new exchange of prisoners.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
18 Jan 2023
FAKE NEWS: European Union products will contain cricket flour, which is allergenic and leads to anaphylactic shock

FAKE NEWS: European Union products will contain cricket flour, which is allergenic and leads to anaphylactic shock

The EU imposes the use of cricket flour, which can even kill some consumers, according to fake news circulated in Romania. This resumes the false narrative that the EU will force its citizens to eat insects. In reality, Brussels has only approved the entry of a new cricket flour producer on the EU market, but the use of its products is not mandatory. Similarly, the purchase of products containing insect-based ingredients remains a consumer’s personal choice.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
16 Jan 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: Because of Ukraine, the EU states will go into recession, and without Russian energy they will not make it through

WAR PROPAGANDA: Because of Ukraine, the EU states will go into recession, and without Russian energy they will not make it through

The EU will go into recession because of Ukraine and will hardly survive the harsh winters, according to Russian media propaganda narratives that intentionally misquote the IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva. In reality, she encouraged the Western states’ aspiration towards energy independence, stating that the EU risks going into recession due to the Russian aggression, but also other factors.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
13 Jan 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: NATO is providing outdated equipment to Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: NATO is providing outdated equipment to Ukraine

NATO member states are providing outdated weapons to the Ukrainian army in order to get rid of “scrap metal” and renew their warehouses with state-of-the-art military equipment and weapons, according to a new false narrative promoted by Russian media. In fact, the Ukrainian army received modern weaponry from the West, which helped it liberate several districts in the southeast and northeast.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
10 Jan 2023
FAKE NEWS: Brussels greenlights the annexation of the Republic of Moldova by Romania

FAKE NEWS: Brussels greenlights the annexation of the Republic of Moldova by Romania

The European Union has greenlighted the annexation of the Republic of Moldova by Romania, and the puppet government in Chisinau accepts this, according to fake news that repeats one of the narratives promoted by Russian propaganda and pro-Moscow voices in the Republic of Moldova. In reality, Brussels has never spoken in favor of unification, considering the Republic of Moldova an independent state, to which it offered the EU accession candidate status.

Veridica
Veridica
09 Jan 2023
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
FAKE NEWS: Eco-dictatorship will push humanity towards a feudal social system, with people “tied to the land and totally dependent on a master”.

FAKE NEWS: Eco-dictatorship will push humanity towards a feudal social system, with people “tied to the land and totally dependent on a master”.

In the name of combating climate change, people will be forbidden to move freely, and in Oxford the implementation of this system has already begun, according to a false narrative that also appeared in Romania. This narrative, just like others, pertains to climate denialism and conspiracy theories according to which global warming is an invention intended to justify the establishment of a so-called eco-dictatorship.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
03 Jan 2023
WAR PROPAGANDA: The EU hides its involvement in crimes committed on Ukrainian territory by setting up a special tribunal

WAR PROPAGANDA: The EU hides its involvement in crimes committed on Ukrainian territory by setting up a special tribunal

The EU's initiative to establish a special tribunal for the war crimes committed in Ukraine, which will cooperate with the International Criminal Court, has been presented by Russian propaganda as an attempt to hide Brussels' involvement in the commission of these crimes. In reality, the EU has not committed any crime on the territory of Ukraine, but it has supported Kyiv's defensive efforts in the face of Russia’s aggression.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
30 Dec 2022
FAKE NEWS: The EU makes Moldova's accession conditional on the legalization of same-sex marriages

FAKE NEWS: The EU makes Moldova's accession conditional on the legalization of same-sex marriages

“The accession of the Republic of Moldova to the EU, conditional on the legalization of LGBT marriages”, headlined national.ro, the topic being immediately taken up by pro-Kremlin news sites in the Republic of Moldova and Russia. In fact, it is not an obligation, but a recommendation from May of the European Parliament regarding the rights of the LGBT community. Moreover, the Republic of Moldova later obtained the status of candidate country without having to legalize marriages between people of the same sex.

Veridica
Veridica
29 Dec 2022
FAKE NEWS: In Great Britain, a woman was arrested on suspicion of silently praying

FAKE NEWS: In Great Britain, a woman was arrested on suspicion of silently praying

Dozens of international conservative organizations and supporting media around the world have condemned in recent days the arrest by British police of a woman for the “crime” of saying a prayer to herself on a street in Birmingham. In reality, the woman was unlawfully in an area where she shouldn’t have been, according to a protection order, thus breaching a local council decision.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
27 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Zelensky has killed over 50,000 women by mobilizing them

WAR PROPAGANDA: Zelensky has killed over 50,000 women by mobilizing them

Of the 57 thousand women drafted into the army, only 6,000 remain on the frontline, the rest having been killed or taken prisoner, the Russian media writes, accusing president Volodymyr Zelensky of killing his own people in the Russian-Ukrainian war. In fact, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, only 101 women were killed in action, and many of those enrolled didn’t even see combat, as they work for auxiliary structures of the Armed Forces deployed to various regions of the country.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
26 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The USA has declared war on Russia, allowing the Ukrainian army to bomb Crimea

WAR PROPAGANDA: The USA has declared war on Russia, allowing the Ukrainian army to bomb Crimea

Ukraine’s military campaign on the territory of Crimea is tantamount to the USA declaring war on Russia, and Moscow may answer by bombing Washington, the Russian government media writes, quoting a Moscow official. In fact, Ukraine is entitled to recapture this territory, and the international community has never recognized the illegal annexation of Crimea or it being part of the Russian Federation.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
23 Dec 2022
FAKE NEWS: NATO forces were brought to Romania to help it annex the Republic of Moldova and part of the territory of Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: NATO forces were brought to Romania to help it annex the Republic of Moldova and part of the territory of Ukraine

Romania intends to annex the Republic of Moldova and part of the territory of Ukraine, and NATO is supporting it militarily, according to a false narrative carried by the Russian media. Another narrative is that, in turn, Poland, seeks to annex part of the western regions of Ukraine. The false narratives start from theses, spread for years by Russia, regarding the artificial nature of the Ukrainian state and the aggressiveness of the West.

Veridica
Veridica
22 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: While Ukrainians are living in cold and darkness, Kyiv is selling electricity to the Republic of Moldova

WAR PROPAGANDA: While Ukrainians are living in cold and darkness, Kyiv is selling electricity to the Republic of Moldova

According to the Russian state media, Ukraine is selling electricity to the Republic of Moldova, and the country's leadership is getting rich, while Ukrainians are left to live in cold and darkness. In reality, Kyiv stopped exports on October 11, after the first phase of missile attacks, and the Republic of Moldova is supported during this crisis by Romania.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
19 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The Germans are disappointed by the EU’s decision to financially support Ukraine

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Germans are disappointed by the EU’s decision to financially support Ukraine

According to a propaganda narrative carried by the pro-Kremlin media, German society is outraged by the EU's decision to provide financial assistance to Kyiv in the context of the war, with such discontent reflected in the pages of national newspapers. In reality, only a few comments from Die Welt newspaper were selected and presented as the opinion of all Germans. Also, the news translated into Russian was intentionally misrepresented.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The Ukrainian army sustained such huge losses, that school children are forced to donate blood for Ukrainian servicemen

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Ukrainian army sustained such huge losses, that school children are forced to donate blood for Ukrainian servicemen

The losses sustained by Ukraine’s army are so huge, that Ukrainian pupils are forced to donate blood for the servicemen, according to a propaganda narrative disseminated by the Russian media. In fact, underage children are forbidden from donating blood in Ukraine, and the authors of this false narrative made other errors that clearly prove the story was fabricated.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Dec 2022
FAKE NEWS: Romania has sent thousands of servicemen to fight in Ukraine, according to a government deal

FAKE NEWS: Romania has sent thousands of servicemen to fight in Ukraine, according to a government deal

Thousands of Polish and Romanian servicemen are fighting against Russia wearing the Ukrainian military uniform, according to a former American intelligence officer, quoted by activenews.ro. In fact, no country has sent regular troops to Ukraine, and the support and assistance provided to help Ukraine resist the Russian invasion consist in weapons and equipment only. The ex-officer in question, Scott Ritter, is known for spreading fake news and was handed a prison sentence for corruption of minors.

Cezar Manu
Cezar Manu
09 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The armed conflict in Ukraine is a civil war because Russians and Ukrainians are one people

WAR PROPAGANDA: The armed conflict in Ukraine is a civil war because Russians and Ukrainians are one people

The conflict in Ukraine is a civil war involving the same people, formally divided into two different states, according to the Russian state media, citing a State Duma deputy from Vladimir Putin's party. In reality, the war in Ukraine is a military aggression by Russia, against a neighboring state and people, condemned by the international community.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
08 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine’s leadership wants to profit from the war with no regard for the hardships of civilians

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine’s leadership wants to profit from the war with no regard for the hardships of civilians

Kyiv politicians want to prolong the war against Russia indefinitely in order to accumulate as much wealth as possible, the Russian government media writes, quoting a commentary published by a left-wing German newspaper. In fact, Ukraine expressed willingness to take part in peace negotiations, but later rejected the idea due to Moscow’s ultimatums and its attacks on civilian objectives, also as a result of victories obtained on the ground by the Ukrainian army.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
07 Dec 2022
FAKE NEWS: The Moldovan authorities sell at higher prices the cheap gas they receive from Russia

FAKE NEWS: The Moldovan authorities sell at higher prices the cheap gas they receive from Russia

The authorities in Chisinau are reselling to the EU, at higher prices, part of the natural gas supplied by Gazprom, according to a false narrative in the Russian media. In reality, Chisinau supplies Transnistria with all the gas it currently buys from Gazprom and uses other sources for the consumers on the right bank of the Dniester.

Veridica
Veridica
06 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The United States has been arming Ukraine since 2014 to push it to war against Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: The United States has been arming Ukraine since 2014 to push it to war against Russia

The United States and its Western allies have been arming Ukraine since 2014 in order for it to start a war with Russia, writes the Russian press, which resumes, in another form, the narrative according to which the West and Ukraine are responsible for the war. In reality, Ukraine was invaded by Russia, and the provision of arms to Kyiv was a reaction to Russia’s aggression.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
05 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Only Russian speakers from eastern Ukraine are mobilized in order to exterminate them

WAR PROPAGANDA: Only Russian speakers from eastern Ukraine are mobilized in order to exterminate them

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are mobilizing only Russian speakers in the southeast, so that once they are dead Kyiv can bring Ukrainian speakers from western Ukraine to these depopulated areas, reads a propaganda narrative disseminated by the Russian government media. In fact, losses on the battlefield prove that the army comprises many servicemen from western Ukraine, and the percentage of eastern recruits have gone up due to their resistance to Russia’s large-scale invasion.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 Dec 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Moscow shows restraint when bombing Ukraine because it knows the population doesn’t support the neo-Nazi government

WAR PROPAGANDA: Moscow shows restraint when bombing Ukraine because it knows the population doesn’t support the neo-Nazi government

Russia is careful when bombing Ukrainian infrastructure because it knows this brotherly people does not support the neo-Nazis in power, reads a false propaganda narrative published by Russian media. The article quotes a controversial American political theorist, known for spreading countless conspiracy theories and for his enthusiastic support of Vladimir Putin.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
29 Nov 2022
FAKE NEWS: The Government in Chisinau wants to force Moldova’s entry into NATO

FAKE NEWS: The Government in Chisinau wants to force Moldova’s entry into NATO

The power in Chisinau wants to force the entry of the Republic of Moldova into NATO and for this purpose is trying to silence the opposition through criminal cases, according to the Kremlin-affiliated media. The same media say that inviting the Republic of Moldova to the NATO meeting in Bucharest represents a violation of its neutrality status and a further confirmation that this country is already “with one foot” in NATO.

Veridica
Veridica
28 Nov 2022
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: Putin did not attend the G20 summit because the West was preparing a terrorist attack against him

WAR PROPAGANDA: Putin did not attend the G20 summit because the West was preparing a terrorist attack against him

The Western secret services were preparing an attempt on the life of the Russian president during the meeting of the G20 leaders, that is why Vladimir Putin refused to participate in the summit, writes the pro-Kremlin press, also stating that the West regularly resorts to terrorism. In reality, there was no threat of an attack, Putin refusing to come to Indonesia amid the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Kherson. Moreover, Russia itself is resorting to terrorist methods, trying to demoralize the population of Ukraine through bombings.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
20 Nov 2022
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FAKE NEWS: European Union products will contain cricket flour, which is allergenic and leads to anaphylactic shock

The EU imposes the use of cricket flour, which can even kill some consumers, according to fake news circulated in Romania. This resumes the false narrative that the EU will force its citizens to eat insects. In reality, Brussels has only approved the entry of a new cricket flour producer on the EU market, but the use of its products is not mandatory. Similarly, the purchase of products containing insect-based ingredients remains a consumer’s personal choice.

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