Pro-Russian voices legitimised in the context of Romanian-Ukrainian tensions on minorities in Bukovina

Case study: Perceptions and context for the self-victimising declarations of a pro-Kremlin Romanian cleric from Ukraine

February 1, 2023

In Romania, the attitude towards the Romanian minority in Ukraine has been historically a vulnerability to pro-Kremlin propaganda. Nationalist and pro-Kremlin voices argue that Ukraine is systematically hostile towards the Romanian minority, continuing the policies of Soviet times. In that, they exaggerate the real issues that do exist in Ukraine, as well as positions taken by Romanian diplomacy in its efforts to promote the rights of the Romanian diaspora. The result is an overlap between mainstream and radical positions, which is exploited by radical voices to gain legitimacy.