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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 different 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 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
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
WAR PROPAGANDA: The partial mobilization ordered by Putin will prevent a nuclear disaster and will lead to a de-escalation of the conflict and diplomatic dialogue

WAR PROPAGANDA: The partial mobilization ordered by Putin will prevent a nuclear disaster and will lead to a de-escalation of the conflict and diplomatic dialogue

After Vladimir Putin decreed the partial military mobilization, Russian state media launched a series of false narratives justifying the decision. Partial mobilization is presented as a step towards de-escalation, a measure necessary for diplomatic dialogue and the prevention of a nuclear disaster or a war on Russian territory.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The Izium massacre was fabricated in order to compromise the Russian army

WAR PROPAGANDA: The Izium massacre was fabricated in order to compromise the Russian army

The Russian army is not responsible for the Izium massacre, which was framed by the West or represents an act of provocation from Kyiv, which is killing Russian speakers in the Kharkiv region, a new Russian propaganda narrative reads. The narrative was launched after the Ukrainian army discovered mass graves in the Izium area with the remains of hundreds of people, some appearing to have been the victims of swift executions, as well as the rooms where civilians were tortured.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
21 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: The EU abandoned the Republic of Moldova, and Romania doubled the price of electricity

FAKE NEWS: The EU abandoned the Republic of Moldova, and Romania doubled the price of electricity

The European Union has abandoned the Republic of Moldova, Romania has doubled its energy tariff, and the anti-Russian policy of the government in Chisinau has triggered deep crises, baltnews.com writes. In reality, the West is the biggest financial supporter of the Republic of Moldova, which is affected by the crisis just like the rest of the countries in the region.

Veridica
Veridica
19 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
WAR PROPAGANDA: Poland will launch a war against Russia in the next 10 years

WAR PROPAGANDA: Poland will launch a war against Russia in the next 10 years

The Polish Defense Ministry announced it would launch a war against Russia within the next 10 years, according to a propaganda narrative disseminated by the Russian government media. In fact, Poland’s Government adopted an endowment program also designed to increase the number of troops in the context of the war in Ukraine possibly spilling over into Poland’s territory.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
15 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: Chisinau authorities threaten Gagauzia’s autonomy

FAKE NEWS: Chisinau authorities threaten Gagauzia’s autonomy

The Chisinau authorities are threatening to leave Gagauzia without autonomy, according to a false narrative carried by the Russian publication Trud.ru. This is accompanied by specific Russian propaganda theses regarding the Republic of Moldova - the West's control over the country, the “danger” of the union with Romania and the “fake” fight against corruption.

Veridica
Veridica
12 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Residents of the Zaporizhzhia region are waiting for the liberation of the cities of Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Odesa from the Ukrainian Nazis

WAR PROPAGANDA: Residents of the Zaporizhzhia region are waiting for the liberation of the cities of Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Odesa from the Ukrainian Nazis

Residents of the Zaporizhzhia region are waiting for Russia to liberate the cities of Mykolaiv, Kharkiv and Odesa, which have been oppressed by Ukrainian Nazis for the past decades, the pro-Kremlin media say. In fact, all these localities have been the target of Russian aggression and bombing, and the majority of Ukrainians – including the inhabitants of the Zaporizhzhia region – consider Russia an enemy.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The IAEA mission praised the Russian army for defending the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Ukrainian bombing

WAR PROPAGANDA: The IAEA mission praised the Russian army for defending the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Ukrainian bombing

According to the pro-Kremlin media, experts with the International Atomic Energy Agency have allegedly praised the Russian army for defending the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Ukrainian bombing. In reality, there is no report or statement by IAEA experts expressing this point of view anywhere, the source cited being, in fact, the pro-Russian separatist leader Yevhen Balytskyi.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
07 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
WAR PROPAGANDA: Terrorists are trained on EU territory with a view to launching attacks against the civilian population in Donbas

WAR PROPAGANDA: Terrorists are trained on EU territory with a view to launching attacks against the civilian population in Donbas

European Union Member States have created centers for training mercenaries and terrorists who will kill civilians in Donbas, reads a recent propaganda narrative promoted by the Russian government media. In fact, the EU doesn’t have any such centers on its territory. European Union Member States have repeatedly condemned international terrorism and have called on Russia to stop its armed aggression against Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
30 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
FAKE NEWS: The world occult is planning to microchip children

FAKE NEWS: The world occult is planning to microchip children

The World Economic Forum plans to implant microchips to control children under the pretext of solving medical problems, according to a false narrative that also appeared in Romania. The narrative is typical of older conspiracy theories.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
26 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
FAKE NEWS: A basketball player in Romania died due to vaccination against COVID-19

FAKE NEWS: A basketball player in Romania died due to vaccination against COVID-19

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the cause of death of an 18-year-old basketball player from the National Women's Basketball League of Romania, according to an online publication that has promoted numerous false narratives about the coronavirus. The article was published before the cause of death was established and it was not known whether the young woman had been vaccinated or not.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
18 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: EU states will ask Ukraine to surrender to Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: EU states will ask Ukraine to surrender to Russia

EU Member States will ask Ukraine to surrender to Russia and will gradually side with Moscow, according to a false narrative widely disseminated by the Russian media, which references a text published in Foreign Affairs by the former adviser to the head of European diplomacy. In fact, the words of the Italian expert are taken out of context, and the article where she supports Ukraine is misrepresented as pro-Russian.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Aug 2022
FAKE NEWS: Zelensky makes laws to extend the war with Russia for another 50 years

FAKE NEWS: Zelensky makes laws to extend the war with Russia for another 50 years

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is preparing a law that will extend the war with Russia for another 50 years, according to a false narrative appearing in Bucharest. It was published by Sorin Roșca Stănescu, a former collaborator of the communist political police and a criminal convict who has spread lots of disinformation in the public space.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
10 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine's crime rate has tripled following the arming of civilians

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukraine's crime rate has tripled following the arming of civilians

According to a false narrative carried by the Russian state media, Ukraine's crime rate has tripled because of Kiev's decision to arm the population. In reality, against the background of the country's depopulation and traffic restrictions, the crime rate has dropped. Moreover, not the entire population has been armed, only some volunteer units have been set up.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukrainian authorities have abandoned Kherson. The region will unite with Russia, which will protect the Ukrainian language

WAR PROPAGANDA: Ukrainian authorities have abandoned Kherson. The region will unite with Russia, which will protect the Ukrainian language

After the Ukrainian authorities fled Kherson, the new military-civilian administration had to take over power to annex the region to Russia and protect the Ukrainian language and culture, the Russian press writes, citing the self-proclaimed leader Kirill Stremousov. In reality, the authorities in Kherson were evacuated following the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, which bombards Ukrainian territories daily.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
05 Aug 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The UN and Turkey recognize Russia’s right to control Ukraine’s maritime ports

WAR PROPAGANDA: The UN and Turkey recognize Russia’s right to control Ukraine’s maritime ports

The agreement signed in Istanbul regarding the export of Ukrainian grain means the UN and Turkey recognize Russia’s right to control Ukraine’s maritime ports, according to propaganda narratives disseminated by the Russian media. In fact, the agreements signed in Istanbul do not include any such provisions, and Moscow has violated the agreements by bombing the port of Odessa.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
04 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: With a single missile, Russia killed at least 15 Ukrainian generals at Vinnytsia, putting a stop to the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Donbas

WAR PROPAGANDA: With a single missile, Russia killed at least 15 Ukrainian generals at Vinnytsia, putting a stop to the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Donbas

At least 15 Ukrainian generals were killed following a single tactical airstrike, the Russian government media writes. According to the narrative, the Russian missile allegedly hit the House of Officers in downtown Vinnytsia, just as the Ukrainian generals were holding a briefing on the counter-offensive in Donbas. In fact, the airstrike killed 23 civilians, including children. The House of Officers center, which is not a military objective, was supposed to host a charity concert.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
29 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Zaporizhzhia has established contact with at least 15 countries, including EU members

WAR PROPAGANDA: Zaporizhzhia has established contact with at least 15 countries, including EU members

The Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia has established international contacts with at least 15 states, including EU members, writes the Russian state press, citing a separatist leader from Ukraine. In reality, EU states do not recognize Russia's occupation bodies in Ukraine as legitimate bodies of power, and personal sanctions have been introduced against Russian collaborators in Zaporizhzhia.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
27 Jul 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
WAR PROPAGANDA: The inhabitants of the Kharkiv Oblast have called for the unification with Russia

WAR PROPAGANDA: The inhabitants of the Kharkiv Oblast have called for the unification with Russia

The leadership of the Kharkiv Oblast will support the inhabitants who have called in rather large numbers for the unification with the Russian Federation, the Russian government media writes. In fact, over 85% of the inhabitants of Eastern Ukraine have condemned the Russian aggression, and the people cited by Moscow media do not represent the legitimate authorities of Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
14 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Romania will help Ukraine retake Kherson

WAR PROPAGANDA: Romania will help Ukraine retake Kherson

Romania will help Ukraine recapture Kherson by using the Ukrainian fighter jets on its territory, the Russian state media writes. In fact, Romania does not host any Ukrainian military aircraft, and Bucharest has shown no signs of considering getting involved in the war.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
12 Jul 2022
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is closing down universities and schools with Russian-language teaching

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu is closing down universities and schools with Russian-language teaching

The president of the Republic of Moldova is closing down universities and schools with teaching in Russian language, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes, picking up on an older narrative targeting Maia Sandu. Just like the others, this too is a false narrative: although some schools do actually close down, it is in fact a measure linked to reforming and streamlining the education system, having nothing to do with the teaching language.

Veridica
Veridica
11 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be tried for war crimes

WAR PROPAGANDA: Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be tried for war crimes

The international community will have to declare the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a war criminal, according to a false narrative circulated by the Russian state media. In reality, the war crimes blamed on the Ukrainian president are either made up or were committed by Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
06 Jul 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Luhansk residents will be forcibly deported by Kyiv

WAR PROPAGANDA: Luhansk residents will be forcibly deported by Kyiv

Ukraine has tried to forcibly deport the inhabitants of the Luhansk region, and Russian-speakers in Lysychansk protested before the Ukrainian army, according to a new false narrative carried by the Russian media. The narrative was published against the background of Russia being accused of deporting Ukrainians and forcing millions of people to flee, while advancing its troops and bombing of civilian targets.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
03 Jul 2022
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WAR PROPAGANDA: The IAEA mission praised the Russian army for defending the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Ukrainian bombing

According to the pro-Kremlin media, experts with the International Atomic Energy Agency have allegedly praised the Russian army for defending the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Ukrainian bombing. In reality, there is no report or statement by IAEA experts expressing this point of view anywhere, the source cited being, in fact, the pro-Russian separatist leader Yevhen Balytskyi.

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