Russia is trying to ‘destabilize’ breakaway Moldovan region bordering Ukraine, warns kyiv


kyiv today accused Russia of trying to ‘destabilize’ the breakaway region of Moldova which borders Ukraine after two explosions there raised fears that Russia was launching ‘false flag’ attacks to justify the invasion of territory.

The explosions on Tuesday destroyed two powerful Soviet-era radio antennas that rebroadcast Russian stations in the Transnistria region, an unrecognized strip of land backed by Moscow and bordering southwestern Ukraine.

The blasts occurred in the small town of Maiac about 12 kilometers (7 miles) west of the border with Ukraine, just days after a Kremlin military chief warned that ‘Russian speakers’ there were “oppressed”.

A day earlier, several explosions allegedly caused by rocket-propelled grenades reportedly hit the Ministry of State Security in the city of Tiraspol, the region’s capital. No one was injured in the blasts, officials said.

On Tuesday, a military unit in the village of Parcani was also targeted. Officials did not provide any details on the incident, but declared a “terrorist threat level red” and vowed to impose additional security measures in the area.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak accused Russia of trying to destabilize Transnistria and warned that “if Ukraine falls tomorrow, Russian troops will be in Chisinau”, the Moldovan capital.

“Russia wants to destabilize the Transnistria region and hints that Moldova should be waiting for ‘guests,'” Podolyak said.

‘Good news, Ukraine will certainly ensure the strategic security of the region. But we have to work as a team.

The United States warned amid the war in Ukraine that Russia could launch false flag attacks in neighboring countries as a pretext to send in troops.

Last week, Kremlin military chief Rustam Minnekayev said Russia was seeking control of southern Ukraine, which could provide access to Transnistria, “where there have been cases of oppression of the Russian-speaking population”.

The explosions on Tuesday destroyed two powerful Soviet-era radio antennas that rebroadcast Russian stations in the Transnistria region, an unrecognized strip of land backed by Moscow and bordering southwestern Ukraine.

A day earlier, several explosions allegedly caused by rocket-propelled grenades reportedly hit the Ministry of State Security in the region's capital city of Tiraspol.  No one was injured in the blasts, officials said

A day earlier, several explosions allegedly caused by rocket-propelled grenades reportedly hit the Ministry of State Security in the region’s capital city of Tiraspol. No one was injured in the blasts, officials said

Transnistrian authorities said the offices of the Ministry of State Security in Tiraspol were hit by what appeared to be a grenade launcher attack on Monday evening.

Transnistrian authorities said the offices of the Ministry of State Security in Tiraspol were hit by what appeared to be a grenade launcher attack on Monday evening.

Transnistrian authorities said the offices of the Ministry of State Security in Tiraspol were hit by what appeared to be a grenade launcher attack on Monday evening.

Transnistria, a strip of land of about 470,000 people between Moldova and Ukraine, is internationally recognized as part of Moldova but is effectively controlled by Russia, which has given citizenship to the separatists.

Transnistria, a strip of land of about 470,000 people between Moldova and Ukraine, is internationally recognized as part of Moldova but is effectively controlled by Russia, which has given citizenship to the separatists.

Minnekayev, deputy commander of Russia’s Central Military District, said Moscow plans to forge a corridor between Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014, and Donbass in eastern Ukraine. .

The Moldovan Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador for the comments, which it described as “unfounded and contradictory position of Russia in favor of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country inside internationally recognized borders”.

A senior Russian official’s suggestion that Moscow must defend its supporters in a neighboring country is a chilling echo of its previous justification for invading Ukraine.

And today Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was closely following events in Transnistria, adding news from the region was a cause for grave concern.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu said the attacks in Transnistria were an attempt by factions in the territory to increase tensions, as she urged the country’s citizens to remain calm.

Speaking after an urgent meeting of Moldova’s Security Council, Sandu said: “According to the information we have at the moment, these escalation attempts come from factions in the Transnistrian region who are pro-war forces and interested in destabilizing the situation in the region.’

She said the Security Council had recommended improving the combat readiness of security forces, increasing the number of patrols and checks near the border between Moldova and Transnistria and monitoring infrastructure more closely. reviews.

Sandu said, “We urge citizens to remain calm and feel safe,” while urging authorities to step up public safety measures and protection of critical infrastructure.

Transnistrian President Vadim Krasnoselsky also called on Tuesday for the imposition of anti-terrorist security measures at a “red level” for 15 days, including the setting up of roadblocks at the entrances to towns.

The Moldovan authorities are sensitive to any sign of rising tensions in Transnistria, especially since Russia has invaded its neighbor Ukraine.

Transnistria, a strip of land of about 470,000 people between Moldova and Ukraine, is internationally recognized as part of Moldova but is effectively controlled by Russia, which has given citizenship to the separatists.

An estimated 1,500 Russian troops are permanently stationed in Transnistria, but there are fears the region could be used as a launching pad for further attacks on Ukraine.

The Russian military base still keeps a stockpile of some 20,000 tons of munitions that were brought there when Soviet troops withdrew from Europe.

In the early hours of Tuesday, two explosions hit a radio tower retransmitting Russian stations near the Ukrainian border.

“Early on April 26, two explosions were heard in the village of Mayak in the Grigoriopolsky district,” he said in a statement.

He said the blasts at 6:40 a.m. and 7:05 a.m. (0340 GMT and 0405 GMT) targeted the “Mayak” radio center, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the regional capital Tiraspol.

Antennas of the radio center

Antennas of the “Mayak” radio center are seen lying on the ground on Tuesday following the explosions in the village of Mayak in the Grigoriopolsky district of the breakaway Russian-backed region of Transnistria.

A law enforcement officer is seen standing in front of the

A law enforcement officer is seen standing in front of the antennas of the ‘Mayak’ radio center after the explosions in the village of Mayak on Tuesday

Kremlin military chief Rustam Minnekayev said on Friday that Russia was seeking to control southern Ukraine, which could provide access to Transnistria,

Kremlin military chief Rustam Minnekayev said on Friday that Russia was seeking control of southern Ukraine, which could provide access to Transnistria, “where there have been cases of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.” . Pictured: Pro-Russian troops move along a road in Mariupol, southern Ukraine

The ministry said two “powerful” antennas that retransmitted Russian radio were out of service and shared footage of them lying on the ground. There were no injuries, he added.

It came after Transnistrian authorities said the offices of the Ministry of State Security in Tiraspol were hit by what appeared to be a grenade launcher attack on Monday evening.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened around 6 p.m. on an Orthodox Easter holiday.

But windows were blown out in the State Security Ministry building and smoke “was billowing from the buildings”, the Transnistria region’s interior ministry said in a statement.

There was no immediate reason to suggest a connection between the two incidents.

The conflict in Ukraine has raised fears in Moldova that the country could become Russia’s next target.

Moldovan President Sandu called a meeting of the country’s Supreme Security Council on Tuesday in response to the incidents.

“The Supreme Security Council will meet from 1:00 p.m. (10:00 GMT) at the Presidency. After the meeting, at 3 p.m., President Maia Sandu will hold a press briefing,” the president’s press office said in a statement.

On Monday, the Moldovan government said the Tiraspol blasts were aimed at creating tension in an area it had no control over.

Moldova, one of the poorest states in Europe, was part of the Soviet Union, but a war broke out between Moldovan forces and Russian-backed separatists in the Transnistria region in 1992. A ceasefire fire has been agreed but the conflict is still unresolved.

Unlike Ukraine and Georgia, Moldova is not seeking NATO membership. The landlocked country, with a population of just 2.6 million, has only a few thousand active military personnel, so it would not be able to withstand a Russian invasion.

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