Sonja Van den Ende

Versions of names: Сонья ван ден Енде

Sonja van den Ende is an independent journalist and columnist while more often she is seen as a pro-Russian conspiracy theorist. She was recruited to report on Ukraine from March 2022 and has taken part in “press tours” organised by the Russian army in the occupied Ukrainian territories. Before the invasion of Ukraine, Sonja van den Ende was reporting from Syria. She has accused the US and Israel of mass murder in Syria, and has praised Putin for his help in “defending the Syrian people”.


Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Luhansk to Russia

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I arrived in Russia when a special military operation began and visited the Donbass. And they told me that I was waiting for a criminal prosecution and a trial at home. I may have more than three years in prison waiting for me. [Translated from Russian]

Individual Observers at the 2023 territorial pseudo-elections in the occupied territories of Ukraine


This is not a sham election, but a real one. Europe does not have an adequate understanding of what is happening here. This is a great opportunity to show the EU how things really are. [Translated from Russian] (2023-12-16)

Corresponding elections

From 23 to 27 September 2022, the Russian forces organised a sham election process - pseudo-referendum as a pretext for the formal annexation of the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson by Russia. The annexation of the four regions was announced on 30 September 2022.
From 8 to 10 September 2023, the Russian forces organised widely condemned regional and municipal elections in the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson. The results were largely rejected by the international community, with North Korea and Syria being the only ones to explicitly recognise them.