Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, Moscow has stepped up its propaganda and disinformation efforts, creating a mirrored image of the war in which Ukraine and the West — not Russia — are responsible for the Russian attack.
Transnistria is technically part of the former Soviet country of Moldova, but the region’s separatist government is backed by some 1,500 Russian troops stationed there, and the airwaves are dominated by Russian state media. However, residents live just a few kilometers from the Ukrainian border and also have access to Ukrainian broadcasts.
A DailyExpertNews video team traveled to the breakaway region and spoke to people to find out what they believe about the war in Ukraine and how disinformation is spreading beyond Russia’s borders.
Simon Ostrovsky is a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow.