The attacks in Transnistria increase the tension of its independence conflict

A series of attacks has shaken in the last 24 hours the territory of the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria, bordering Ukraine, which, due to the context of the war in Ukraine, has raised tension in this pro-russian zone.

The president of the separatist region, Vadim Krasnoselsky, communicated this Tuesday three “terrorist” attacks in Pridnestrovie (Transnistria). Krasnoselsky has accused Ukraine of being behind the attacks in this area, where Russian troops have been stationed since 1992 under the Peaceful Settlement Agreement of the conflict on Moldovan territory.

The NATOhowever, has warned this Wednesday of Possible Russian False Flag Attacks —a covert operation designed to appear as though it was being carried out by other entities— following the explosions in the breakaway region. “We have seen attempts by Russia to stage false flag attacks in Ukraine and we will closely monitor these events in moldova“said a NATO spokesman.

Russia admitted last Friday for the first time that he wants to create a land corridor from Donbas to the annexed Crimean peninsula and revealed that his war plan includes take the south to unite it with Transnistriaaccording to a high military command.

The conflict of the independence of Transnistria

The Republic of Transnistriawhich occupies the 12% of the territory of Moldovaproclaimed himself as such on October 29, 1990. December 1 1991 Transnistria celebrated presidential and independence electionsnot recognized by Moldova or by the international community, which made Igor Smirnov president.

Three years after the 1992 civil warsupported militarily by Russia, a constitutional referendum in the region, with 81% support for its independence Constitution.

In Transnistria there are more than 20,000 tons of Russian weapons and about 2,000 soldiers

Transnistria again challenged Moldova in parliamentary elections in 2005 in which a dozen competed pro-independence parties. A new referendum a year later – on joining Russia or Moldova – recorded an overwhelming “yes” (97%) to annexation to Russia.

Following the Russian military invasion of neighboring Ukraine, last February 24ththe Moldovan Parliament declared a state of emergency before the fear that Russia will activate its soldiers in Transnistria to support an assault on the Ukrainian city of Odessa, less than 100 kilometers away. More than 20,000 tons of Soviet weapons and troops of some 2,000 soldiers have been in Transnistria since the end of the Cold War.

The March 5ththe region’s authorities once again called for recognition of their independence, after Moldova will formally apply to join the European Union.

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