Is the attack on Transnistria a sign that the war is expanding?

The self-proclaimed Republic of Transnistria, which has not been recognized by the international community, could face a war that has lasted for more than two months in neighboring Ukraine. A sign of this could be attacks on the area earlier in the week.

The Moldovan Foreign Ministry believes that Russia wants to increases tension in the exit area. The hypothesis follows the Kremlin’s statement, which reveals the plan Full control of southern Ukraine, paving the way for Transnistria.

The territory of Moldova is Occupied by 1,500 Russian soldiers and Russia says it is concerned and “aware of the situation” in Transnistria, denying therefore, any attack on this part of Moldova.

A Russian-speaking official claims that the perpetrators carried out the attacks on Monday, which caused only material damage, were “Ukrainian infiltrators.” In the view of the President of Ukraine, however the explosions had a “Russian hand.”

Volodymyr Zelensky clarified that Russia is behind this and added this “the aim is obvious, to destabilize the region and to threaten Moldova”. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense went further and claimed that the attacks were carried out “sow panic and anti-Ukrainian sentiment”.

A Transnistrian official assures that Russian-speaking people are being oppressed in the region. This is the same argument that Moscow used justify Ukraine’s attack.

Over the past two days, the Transnistrian authorities show that the explosions reached State Security Headquarters in Tiraspol, the capital; Russian news and a military unit in Parcan, a village on the outskirts of Tiraspol, were broadcast on old Soviet-era radio antennas.

explosions did not cause personal injury, but is now in force The “Terrorist threat red alert” which is valid for at least 15 days.

SIC commentator Nuno Rogeiro admitted on Wednesday that opportunity the extension of the conflict to Moldova is real and argues that the country is directly under Russian threat.


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Unrest in Moldova relates to the statements of General Rustam Minnekayev, Deputy Commander of the Central Russian Military District. announced that Moscow intends to take full control of Donbass [leste] and southern Ukraine ”.

Management of southern Ukraine whereas, in particular, assistance should be allowed to Russian-speaking separatists in Transnistria; who have controlled this area of ​​Moldova on the western border of Ukraine since 1992.

The Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of European Integration said statements on Transnistria “unfounded and contrary to the position of the Russian Federation within its internationally recognized borders in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova”.


By BBCone The escalation of tensions in Transnistria could destabilize Moldova and open a new front in the war in Ukraine.

About 160 kilometers from the secluded area is the port city of Odessa. With Transnistrian forces The Russians can travel to the Ukrainian city from the west.

President Putin has promised to “protect” Russian-speakers in the former Soviet republics, a an argument that has been used in a court attack.

Tensions in the self-proclaimed region of Transnistria may triggers a worrying conflict, close to the territory of the European Union and belongs to NATO Romaniawhose nearest border is more than 160 kilometers away.


The Transnistrian region is located a a narrow strip of land between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian border. The name comes from the river, because Transnistria means “beyond the Dniester River”.

In 1991, when the Cold War ended and Soviet Union disintegrated, the then socialist Soviet republic Moldova declared independence. However, one area of ​​the country continued contacts with Russia and refused to integrate the new Moldova.

Transnistria independently managed since the 1990s, although it has not been recognized as independent by the international community.

Until 700 people were killed in the short border war between Moldova and Transnistria, and a ceasefire in 1992.


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Russian troops support Transnistrian separatists in the conflict and have since retained troops in the region to “secure peace” despite Russian-speakers Moscow also does not recognize the declared independence of the region.

Since then, Transnistria became dependent on Russia that the country has, in addition to providing free gas military stations and 20 thousand tons of ammunition.

Chisinau, who admits that he does not control the area, he has long called for the withdrawal of Russian troops, but the political instability experienced in the country has not eased this impetus.

The current president, Maia Sandu is strongly pro-EU, but the predecessor, Igor Dodon, who still has many supporters, was pro-Russia.

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The country presents Pro-Ukraine status, who has The public display of St. George’s ribbon and the Z mark, which refer to “Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine,” is prohibited.

Moldova has done so since the start of the war in neighboring Ukraine hosts more than 437 000 Ukrainian refugees, with one in a country with more than 2.6 million people.

So far, Moldova is ranked second on the list of the poorest countries in Europe, with Ukraine ranked first, above all because of the war still raging in the country.


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