Fact Check: NATO Did NOT Send Weapons To Ukraine Through Iași, Romania

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  • by: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: NATO Did NOT Send Weapons To Ukraine Through Iași, Romania Military Drill

Did a group of military and police vehicles that passed through the Romanian city of Iași on May 18, 2023, carry weapons sent by NATO, to Ukraine? No, that's not true: the convoy was a Romanian battalion returning from a multinational military exercise that took place in Poland.

The claim appeared in many TikTok videos like this one, published on May 20, 2023, titled "Weapons sent to Ukraine!!! We ask for peace for Romania!!!" (archived here), with the following description:

Peace for Romania!!!! #PACE#foryoupage #viral #urgent #politica #razboi#ucraina#rusia#Romania#arme#@Diana Iovanovici-Șoșoacă @Silvestru_SOSoaca We ask for peace!!!!! Romania must remain neutral!!!! Take your claws off Romania and the Romanians!!!!! You snakes!!!!!!!

TikTok users saw this title, description, and thumbnail:

@_l.Ynia_@ on TikTok

PACE PENTRU ROMANIA!!!!#PACE#foryoupage #viral #urgent #politica #razboi#ucraina#rusia#Romania#arme#@Diana Iovanovici-Șoșoacă @Silvestru_SOSoaca CEREM PACE!!!!! ROMANIA SA RAMANA NEUTRĂ!!!! LUATI LABELE DE PE ROMANI SI ROMANIA!!!!!#NĂPÂRCILOR !!!!!!!

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

TikTok screenshot

Between April 28 and May 18, 2023, more than 400 soldiers and approximately 60 technical means from two Romanian infantry battalions, participated in a multinational exercise in Poland called Anakonda 23, according to a press release from Romania's Ministry of Defense (MApN). On May 18, 2023, one of these battalions was returning to its base city, Iași, in the North-Eastern part of Romania (bordering with the Republic of Moldova). Senator Diana Șoșoacă, leader of the S.O.S. Romania party, filmed the convoy from a car driving behind it, streamed it live on Facebook, and claimed the vehicles were transporting weapons sent by NATO, to the front line in Ukraine. But this was actually the military personnel and equipment convoy of the 151st Infantry Battalion "Războieni" on its way back home, as MApN explained by e-mail to Lead Stories Romania. They were escorted by the military police to help regulate traffic according to the law.

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