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The “new normal”: the pandemic and the war

The “new normal”: the pandemic and the war

The war in Ukraine is but the latest conflict at the start of a century that turned out to be rather impetuous, from the Middle East and Africa to the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Far East. It broke out just as mankind breathed a sigh of relief, acting as if the (coronavirus) pandemic was over, while others fear the new pandemic is already here. Will wars and pandemics become the “new normal” for the human race?

Ionuț Iamandi
Ionuț Iamandi
31 May 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
“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
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
The war in Ukraine might make Russia lose its foothold in the Western Balkans and push the region firmly in the Western camp

The war in Ukraine might make Russia lose its foothold in the Western Balkans and push the region firmly in the Western camp

Russia has been trying for years to keep a foothold in the Western Balkans, especially through its connections with Serbia and Serb groups in the region. The war in Ukraine may now push Moscow’s allies closely in the Western camp.

Vuk Velebit
Vuk Velebit
19 Mar 2022
FAKE NEWS: Kiev has staged, for the media, attacks by Donbass separatists on civilian infrastructure

FAKE NEWS: Kiev has staged, for the media, attacks by Donbass separatists on civilian infrastructure

The Pro-Kremlin media in Russia and in the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine have launched a series of false narratives about the destruction of civilian infrastructure in Donbass, which was allegedly staged by Kiev to “justify” its attacks on Russian-speakers.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
22 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine

The West is escalating the situation in Ukraine, the main Kremlin propagandists keep on claiming, while Russia has amassed troops and equipment near its border with that country. The narratives are aimed at making the West responsible for the situation in Ukraine and justifying the Russian aggression.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
18 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: Upsizing the NATO forces in Romania doesn’t make any sense, as Russia isn’t threatening anyone

FAKE NEWS: Upsizing the NATO forces in Romania doesn’t make any sense, as Russia isn’t threatening anyone

Upsizing the NATO forces in Romania doesn’t makes any sense, as Russia does not intend to attack other states and promotes peace, according to the Russian MFA spokesperson. She ignored, however, the very reason for strengthening NATO's presence in the East: Moscow's aggressive policy.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
17 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: The Western media misleads public opinion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact is one its diversions

DISINFORMATION: The Western media misleads public opinion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact is one its diversions

The Western media misleads public opinion regarding the crisis in Ukraine, which in fact is one its diversions. These false narratives are promoted by one of the most controversial Romanian journalists, Ion Cristoiu, and amplified by the Kremlin’s mouthpiece, Sputnik.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
16 Feb 2022
Ukrainian diplomat: invading Ukraine "would lead to a disaster for Russia's statehood and economy”

Ukrainian diplomat: invading Ukraine "would lead to a disaster for Russia's statehood and economy”

Ukrainians expect anything from Russia and know that if it attacks them again, they will have to defend themselves, not wait for help from elsewhere, according to the a.i. charge d’affaires of Ukraine in Bucharest, Păun Rohovei. In an interview granted to Veridica and Breaking Fake News, the diplomat warned that a new invasion would be extremely costly for Moscow.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
12 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: The US is pushing Ukraine towards war with Russia, and Kiev's fate will be decided by negotiations between major powers

DISINFORMATION: The US is pushing Ukraine towards war with Russia, and Kiev's fate will be decided by negotiations between major powers

Ukraine is being pushed by the US towards war, and the Americans want to deploy in that country missiles targeting Russia, according to narratives promoted by the main Russian TV channel. It also claims that the fate of Ukraine will be decided by negotiations between the great powers.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
11 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: The British special forces will escalate the situation in Donbass without Kiev’s endorsement

DISINFORMATION: The British special forces will escalate the situation in Donbass without Kiev’s endorsement

British special troops have been deployed to Ukraine to organize diversions and escalate the situation in Donbass, according to the pro-Kremlin media, which resumed a string of narratives about a Western attack on the Russian-speakers in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
08 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: The US pushes Ukraine into a war with Russia, and NATO expands aggressively to the east

FAKE NEWS: The US pushes Ukraine into a war with Russia, and NATO expands aggressively to the east

NATO enlargement is a threat to Russia, and the United States is arming and preparing Ukraine for war, says the Kremlin's main propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov in a nearly two-hour show that reflects the Kremlin's views on international politics.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
04 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania will be partitioned in case of a Russian invasion in Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: Romania will be partitioned in case of a Russian invasion in Ukraine

Romania will be partitioned by its neighbors if it decides to fight alongside NATO in a war against Russia. This false narrative was launched on the Romanian media market with a view to eroding public confidence in NATO, and to demonstrate that Russia is not the aggressor in the current crisis in Ukraine.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
02 Feb 2022
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is a Russian territory under foreign occupation that might launch a war against Russia

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is a Russian territory under foreign occupation that might launch a war against Russia

“Russia is the last country in the world that would want a war with Ukraine”, the Kremlin-affiliated media writes, accusing Kiev of seeking to trigger a conflict. This false narrative is at odds with the situation on the ground, where Russia (a country that already attacked Ukraine in 2014) has amassed a sizable force.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
01 Feb 2022
FAKE NEWS: NATO is sending troops to Eastern Europe, although no member state is under threat

FAKE NEWS: NATO is sending troops to Eastern Europe, although no member state is under threat

NATO is threatening Russia and is rallying a sizable force close to its borders, the Kremlin-linked media claims. In fact, NATO is merely consolidating its eastern flank, in response to Russia’s threats, whereas the troops the Alliance has mobilized represent a fraction of the over 100 thousand troops Moscow has massed.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
26 Jan 2022
FAKE NEWS: The weapons provided to Ukraine are obsolete and/or out of commission.

FAKE NEWS: The weapons provided to Ukraine are obsolete and/or out of commission.

The military equipment Ukraine got from the United Kingdom is obsolete and/or out of commission, according to a piece of fake news carried by the Russian media. The United Kingdom is one of the NATO countries that, in the context of an impending Russian invasion, has provided Ukraine with deadly equipment in order to defend itself.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
25 Jan 2022
DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is preparing a massacre in Donbas

DISINFORMATION: Ukraine is preparing a massacre in Donbas

Ukraine is planning on massacring the civilian population in Donbas, according to the separatist and Russian state media. This false narrative comes in response to Ukraine’s decision to mobilize its territorial defense forces in the face of a high risk of Russia invading the region.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
18 Jan 2022
The crisis in Ukraine: why a war is not to Russia’s advantage

The crisis in Ukraine: why a war is not to Russia’s advantage

NATO's refusal to accept Russia's latest demands against the background of the crisis in Ukraine has heightened fears that Moscow is preparing for war. It is a possible scenario, but one that would be extremely costly for Russia, even if it wins the fighting on the ground.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
16 Jan 2022
FAKE NEWS: Romania has sent military equipment and troops to Ukraine and NATO will let it stand alone

FAKE NEWS: Romania has sent military equipment and troops to Ukraine and NATO will let it stand alone

Romania has been dragged into a trap by its NATO allies to send military equipment, troops and instructors to Ukraine, but when Russia will start the war against this country, Bucharest will be left to stand alone, according to a false narrative published by Evenimentul Zilei.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
22 Dec 2021
Breaking Fake News! - Europe Day in the West, Victory Day in the East (@ TVR1)

Breaking Fake News! - Europe Day in the West, Victory Day in the East (@ TVR1)

Victory Day is marked on May 8 in the West and on May 9 in the East. In the former Soviet states, for some it is the Day of Liberation from Fascism, for others the Day of the Soviet Occupation. On May 9, pro-Europeans celebrate Europe Day and pro-Russians Victory Day. What is the significance of May 9?

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
09 May 2021
Breaking Fake News!: The Russo-Ukrainian War. What will Romania do?

Breaking Fake News!: The Russo-Ukrainian War. What will Romania do?

Russia amasses the largest military force on the border with Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea.  Alarming information appears in the Romanian press: Romania would go to war with Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova will attack Transnistria, supported by NATO. What is true and what is false?

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
18 Apr 2021
Syria, the country abandoned to darkness

Syria, the country abandoned to darkness

February 25 marked the first military operation ordered by president Joe Biden. US forces bombed targets in Syria used by Iran-led militias. The airstrike has brought back in the limelight a nearly forgotten war, recalling the complexity of this conflict with regional ramifications.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
04 Mar 2021
FAKE NEWS: The Ukrainians shot down MH17 mistaking it with Putin’s plane

FAKE NEWS: The Ukrainians shot down MH17 mistaking it with Putin’s plane

As a Dutch Court is handling the case of the civilian airline passenger Boeing MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, the narratives concerning the incident are resurfacing. This time it is claimed that the aircraft was mistaken for the Russian President’s plane. The Russian media is also highlighting a turn of events that may be soon witnessed as the reports filed by a Russian company were admitted.

Marianna Prysiazhniuk
Marianna Prysiazhniuk
25 Feb 2021
DISINFORMATION: the EU Association Agreement, a catastrophe for Ukraine

DISINFORMATION: the EU Association Agreement, a catastrophe for Ukraine

The EU and Ukraine reconfirmed their readiness to continue cooperation under the Association Agreement, which was an opportunity for a new disinformation campaign launched by the Russian press against Ukraine and the EU. "A catastrophe that’s been lasting for five years now, in every sphere of life", "a wrong foreign policy choice made by Ukraine" – are some of the reactions in the Russian press. Elements of typical narratives are present, such as: "fake state", "coup d'etat", "Russophobia", "poverty", etc.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
23 Feb 2021
Libya, ten years after the outbreak of the first Arab Spring war

Libya, ten years after the outbreak of the first Arab Spring war

The Libyans who took to the streets on February 17, 2011 had been called to a "day of rage." A little later, the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi - who at the time was the longest-lived but also the most eccentric tyrant in the Arab world - would be called the "February 17 Revolution." In retrospect, that is the time when the Arab Spring turned into the great war for the Arab world.

Cătălin Gomboș
Cătălin Gomboș
17 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and Zelensky have agreed to attack Transnistria

FAKE NEWS: Maia Sandu and Zelensky have agreed to attack Transnistria

According to a Telegram post of a Russian TV station, the president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is considering a military attack on the separatist region of Trasnistria and has tried to rally Kiev’s support. The story has prompted a true media frenzy in Chișinău and Moscow, having been redistributed by a large number of media outlets. Chișinău authorities have dismissed this scenario, which they say carries little weight.

Cornel Ciobanu
Cornel Ciobanu
15 Feb 2021
FAKE NEWS: Ukraine will lose territories for blocking pro-Russian television stations

FAKE NEWS: Ukraine will lose territories for blocking pro-Russian television stations

Ukraine could face the loss of new territories after the closure of three pro-Russian TV stations, RIA Novosti quotes the former Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, as saying. The news is fake: Saakashvili never referred to the loss of territories, but merely said Russia could use the ban on the TV stations as a pretext for new acts of aggression.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
09 Feb 2021
The Wagner Group: the “no man’s army” fighting Russia’s hybrid war

The Wagner Group: the “no man’s army” fighting Russia’s hybrid war

The more hybrid our reality gets, the more hybrid warfare becomes. The statement is Russia’s latest informal creed, underlying a disproportionate war waged abroad. For that, the country has been using a “no man’s army”, and its best-known avatar is the Wagner Group.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
27 Jan 2021
FAKE NEWS: The West and Ukraine do not want peace in Donbass

FAKE NEWS: The West and Ukraine do not want peace in Donbass

The publications refer to a meeting organized by the Russian delegation at the UN, which was also attended by representatives of the separatists and some permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council who, in this way, reportedly showed their support for Moscow’s initiative.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
08 Dec 2020