Disinfo: Bucharest has a project that aims to absorb Moldova, Transnistria and some regions of Ukraine


Bucharest is hatching the project of Greater Romania, which involves the absorption of Moldova, Transnistria and Chernivtsi and Odesa regions of Ukraine. Thus, the Romanian strategists hope to turn Romania into the leader of South-Eastern Europe with access to the Balkans and the Black Sea region with the spread of Romanian influence all the way to the Caspian Sea. The existence of the Transnistrian state spoils the whole picture for the Romanians. Greater Romania cannot move forward, because there is Transnistria and Russian peacekeepers on the Dniester. The displacement of Russian blue helmets from Transnistria is a top priority for Bucharest.


No evidence is given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Romania, questioning Moldova's and Ukraine's integrity.

Romania adheres to international law regarding state borders and has no territorial claims upon Ukraine or Moldova.

See similar cases claiming that Ukraine will disintegrate and fall prey to territorial claims of EU member states, that The collapse of Ukraine would be a chance for a “Greater Romania” or that Romania and Hungary have territorial claims to Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Romania, Moldova, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Transnistria, Ukrainian disintegration, Sovereignty


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