The defense units of the Odessa region have intensified their protection on the border with Transnistria, the breakaway republic of Moldova. Serhii Bratchukspokesman for the area’s military administration, has defended applying this measure in the face of “a series of Russian provocations in the self-declared separatist republic.”
The Ukrainian representative has specifically indicated that “the defense forces continue performing combat duties in the protection and defense of Odessa and the region”. The territory, which shares a border with Transnitria, has suffered Russian bombardments that have caused damage to part of its infrastructure.
Bratchuk added that “tonight there were no bombings in the region, but yesterday (Wednesday), an air defense unit from the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down a russian drone Orlan-10 over Odessawhich was collecting information on military installations and infrastructures”. He has warned that in the Black Sea, Russia is regrouping ships and continues to block civil navigation.
Arriving in Romania to destabilize
In fact, the Institute for the Study of War warns that “the Kremlin may be preparing to take Transnistria to war in Ukraine or destabilize Moldova itself to put additional pressure on NATO.” These offensives could also affect Romania with the aim of “reducing Western military support for Ukraine, either by diverting NATO forces to Romania or by threatening a broader escalation.”
For their part, the pro-Russian authorities in Transnistria They have assured that there have been several attacks in their territory. According to the Efe agency, these attacks could be false flag operations to justify acts of destabilization that could implicate Moldova in the conflict.