The ongoing hostilities between Ukraine and Russia are about to expand into a tiny sliver of land called Transnistria. Officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), it is an unrecognized breakaway state that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova.
Transnistria controls most of the narrow strip of land between the Dniester river and the Moldovan–Ukrainian border, as well as some land on the other side of the river’s bank. Its capital and largest city is Tiraspol.
Transnistria has been recognized only by three other unrecognized or partially recognized breakaway states: Abkhazia, Artsakh and South Ossetia.
Transnistria is officially designated by the Republic of Moldova as the Administrative-Territorial Units of the Left Bank of the Dniester (Romanian: Unitățile Administrativ-Teritoriale din stînga Nistrului) or as Stînga Nistrului (“Left Bank of the Dniester”) under Russian military occupation.
The region’s origins can be traced to the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, which was formed in 1924 within the Ukrainian SSR. During World War II, the Soviet Union took parts of the Moldavian ASSR, which was dissolved, and of the Kingdom of Romania’s Bessarabia to form the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1940.
The present history of the region dates to 1990, during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic was established in hopes that it would remain within the Soviet Union should Moldova seek unification with Romania or independence, the latter occurring in August 1991.
Shortly afterwards, a military conflict between the two parties started in March 1992 and concluded with a ceasefire in July that year.
As part of the ceasefire agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova, Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarized zone, comprising 20 localities on both sides of the river. Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved: Transnistria is an unrecognized but de facto independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, currency, and vehicle registration.
Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and coat of arms. After a 2005 agreement between Moldova and Ukraine, all Transnistrian companies that seek to export goods through the Ukrainian border must be registered with the Moldovan authorities. This agreement was implemented after the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) took force in 2005. Most Transnistrians have Moldovan citizenship, but many also have Russian, Romanian, or Ukrainian citizenship. The main ethnic groups are Russians, Moldovans/Romanians, and Ukrainians.
Transnistria, along with Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Artsakh, is a post-Soviet “frozen conflict” zone. These four partially recognized states maintain friendly relations with each other and form the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.
THE “WAR” IN UKRAINE IS NOW ENSNARING TRANSNISTRIA
Over the past few days, there have been a series of explosions in Transnistria. Russian soldiers there are on a war footing now, Moldova is also on a war footing.
There is a gigantic arsenal of Russian military weapons stored in Transnistra; weapons that Ukraine would like to get their hands on now that Russia has smashed most of Ukraine’s military.
Those weapons supplies would vastly improve Ukraine’s ability to defend Odessa from the approaching Russian Army.
A critical bridge was taken out last night with a missile attack, cutting off a supply route from Moldova to Odessa, Ukraine. A train full of gasoline tankers crossing that bridge was destroyed.
Civilians in Transnistra are now high-tailing-it out, trying to cross the border into nearby Moldova. There are huge traffic jams at all border crossings. Moldova, in the meantime, is setting-up police checkpoints to check everyone entering the country.
RUMORS (unconfirmed at the publication of this story) say Romanian Troops have entered Moldova, and been given Moldova Military uniforms to pose as Moldova troops.
Romania is now a member of NATO.
So it is beginning to look as though trouble is being deliberately started by NATO, through Moldova, against Russian-controlled Transnistra, over Ukraine. How’s THAT for convoluted?
Incidentally, if Romania troops, pretending to be Moldova troops, attack any Russian military in Transnistra, then “NATO” will have “attacked” Russia, and “it’s on like Donkey Kong.”
UKRAINE LOOKING FOR HOSTAGES TO “TRADE” FOR AZOV NAZIS IN MARIUPOL
Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov described what’s __really__ going on:
“I am convinced that in order to save Mariupol, it is necessary to hit Transnistria.
There is only one chance left to save Mariupol.”
Butosov gives 6 reasons (see above article) but the first is:
– capturing many thousands of Russian military for exchange.
HAL TURNER ANALYSIS
Seems like a pretty desperate plan but what he intends is that Ukraine must capture Russian military, in sufficient numbers that they have enough prisoners to offer an exchange for the people trapped at Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
He envisages that Ukraine would then hand over Transnistria to Moldova.
This plan will work perfectly, so long as Russia does nothing… except Russia is already NOT doing “nothing.”
This move against Transmistra makes crystal clear that NATO is utterly desperate to get its people out of Azovstal.
They know to an absolute certainty that If NATO troops are captured inside the Azovstal Steel Mill, having fought side-by-side with Ukraine against Russia, then Russia will have iron clad proof that NATO has literally waged actual war against Russia and it’s “game on because NATO attacked.”
Moldova, Transnistria 2nd front. Kiev targets Russian journalists. Zombie movie canceled.
“Ukrainians behind the attack”
Article writer: Vassilis Kapoulas
Russia “cut” Odessa in two with the Air Force bombing the only bridge (map 1) that connected the southern part of the city with the mainland.
Now Odessa is “broken” into two parts with its southern part, southern Bessarabia, being completely excluded (map 2).
The explosion of the bridge is of great concern to the Ukrainian forces, since through it it could be evacuated, to transfer aid from Southern Bessarabia and western military aid from Romania.
Statements by the Kremlin and other Russian officials indicate involvement. They already say that “according to the investigation, Ukraine is behind the attack” which is no longer considered “terrorist” but as a preparation for war.
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Russian plan to occupy Bessarabia
This bridge was the only one that directly connected Romania-Moldova with Odessa. At the same time, wagons with fuel and lubricants were transported through this bridge, as revealed by WarNews247 yesterday.
It seems that the Russians want to occupy southern Bessarabia, a part of the Odessa region that is separated from the mainland by the Dniester Bay and was connected only by the destroyed bridge.
If Southern Bessarabia is occupied after an amphibious operation, then Russian troops will move to Moldova and enter Transnistria, completely bypassing Nikolaev and central Ukraine.
From there, after Transnistria, they can turn around and strike from behind the Ukrainian forces located in Odessa-Nikolaev.
However, in Simferopol, for the past 24 hours, strong forces have been gathering and moving towards Hersonissos.
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The Russians “broke” Odessa into two parts
It is no coincidence that a few hours after the attack in Transnistria, Russian troops launched a missile attack in the Odessa region.
As a result of the collision, the Zatoka bridge was destroyed.
The destruction of the bridge has resulted in the exclusion of Southern Bessarabia between the Dniester and the Danube. The bridge at Zatoka is located at Budak Spit, on the border between the Black Sea and the mouth of the Dniester.
The bridge was extremely important, as it is the only route through the territory of Ukraine, along which one can go from Odessa to Belgorod-Dnestrovsky, Reni, Izmail, Kiliya, Bolgrad and other settlements. Southern Bessarabia.
Now there is only one route through Moldova (the “Palanka” border point), located between the Dniester River and the impassable areas of the Lower Dniester National Natural Park, which complicates everything.
This development worries the Ukrainian Army as it fears an attack from the north, ie from Transnistria or Nikolaev.
Kremlin: Developments worrying – We want to avoid involvement
Statements by Russian officials indicate that they are preparing for an engagement.
The Kremlin said Russia was “closely monitoring the situation in Transnistria as the news coming from there was” worrying “.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia “would like to avoid a scenario” in which Moscow should intervene in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Rudenko also noted that “the situation in Transnistria is worrying.”
“Prepare for a tough response”
“Russia must prepare for a tough response in Transnistria. “Western intelligence services, using the intelligence services of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania, are destabilizing the situation in Transnistria, trying to open a second front against Russia.”
This was stated in a comment by military expert Igor Korotchenko.
“This is a challenge posed by at least one NATO country – apparently Romania, the Moldovan service and the Security Service of Ukraine. The aim is to provoke tensions, seize the opportunity to destabilize Transnistria and bring the region under control by clashing with Russian peacekeepers and then opening a second front.
Naturally, such actions can not be carried out without the approval of the CIA or the British MI6, but, obviously, jointly by these two special services.
In this case, I can say that the destabilizing factor in Transnistria should be analyzed very seriously and we should be ready for a tough response here, “Korotchenko said.
Russia is challenged to open a second front
“Ukraine is trying to open as many fronts as possible in the confrontation with Russia and that is why it needs challenges in Transnistria. “For Russia, a second front in Transnistria would be an undesirable scenario, but it has enough resources to solve this problem.”
This was stated by the chairman of the organization “Officers of Russia”, Sergei Lipovoi.
“The terrorist attacks in Transnistria have one reason – to draw as many countries as possible into the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Ukraine desperately needs the help of “Western friends”, who, as it turned out, are in no hurry to help, breaking promises. And with these terrorist attacks, Ukraine is desperately trying to force NATO to take part in the war with Russia.
The appearance of a second front is unprofitable for us – these are forces, time, resources that need to be transferred there. We can not help but get involved – there are people who need our protection. We do not have a common border with Transnistria, which, of course, complicates the provision of aid to the country.
Russia will not weaken its forces in Donbas if it decides to intervene, there are enough resources, so the project is definitely solvable, we just would not want to be distracted.
But the chances of Transnistria being dragged into the conflict are extremely high. “Therefore, the leadership of the Russian Federation should consider the possibility of implementing such a scenario and try to prepare for it,” said Lipovoy.
Ukraine has begun preparations for an attack on Transnistria
“The bombings and explosions that took place yesterday and today in Transnistria are not terrorist acts, but preparations for war.”
This was stated by Alexander Khramchikhin, Deputy Director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis.
The expert notes that Ukraine is aggravating the situation by planning to conduct an operation in Transnistria, where Russian troops are located.
“It is extremely difficult to help them by transporting troops from Hersonissos through the Odessa region and it is unlikely that they will be able to deal with the attack on their own. Ukraine can use the Russian army in Transnistria to exchange them with the trapped forces from Mariupol.
“Talking about a terrorist attack is foolish. This is not a terrorist act, but a preparation for war, and it is strange that this has not happened before.
The danger for us is that our forces there can not offer resistance while the aid from Hersonissos is difficult to arrive in time. Therefore, there will be very big problems.
This is not even an attempt to block our troops, but a full operation. “Maybe those who survive will take part in an exchange with fighters from Mariupol, that is very real, ” Khramchikhin said.
Three people from Ukraine behind the attack
A transnational level of terrorist threat has been introduced in Transnistria, which calls for additional security measures, the region’s president said.
The alarm will be valid for at least 15 days.
Checkpoints are being set up in the Ribnitsa region of Transnistria. Authorities said they would set up checkpoints on roads leading to cities in the area and conduct searches of vehicles and passengers.
At the same time, Russian “peacekeeping forces” have been deployed in the region, stationed in Transnistria.
Authorities in the area say three terrorist attacks have already been reported: against the Ministry of State Security building, against a military unit in the village of Parkany, and against the tower of a radio and television station.
At the same time, due to the terrorist threat, the “Victory Parade” on May 9 was canceled.
Transnistrian President Krasnoselsky has said that investigations show that Ukraine is behind the attacks.
“Three people who arrived from the territory of Ukraine are accused of bombing the building of the Ministry of State Security of Transnistria with an RPG.”
This was reported by Interfax, citing a source in his Transnistrian government circles.
The identities of the criminals have not been established, as they entered the territory of the unrecognized democracy bypassing the checkpoint.
At 17.15 the three gunmen crossed the Transnistrian-Ukrainian border near the settlement of Novovladimirovka (8 km from Tiraspol) and then left Transnistria at 18.00 from the same road.
Citizens leave – Queues at the border
Article writer: Vassilis Kapoulas
The region of Moldova is on the verge of Russian military intervention as Transnistria was attacked again a few hours ago.
The Russians claim that gunmen hit a military airport with a drone and blew up two communications towers and transmitters of radio and television signals.
According to Russian journalists, the military airport was hit overnight. The Russians claim that it was hit by 60 mm western shells dropped by NATO UAVs.
The eruptions occurred near the village of Mayak in Transnistria.
Russian media report that “special forces” in Transnistria have been put on “high alert”. Earlier in the night there were reports of 2-3 large explosions in the city of Parcani in Transnistria, right next to the border with Moldova.
Car queues have formed at the border. Citizens are leaving the wider area…
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They blew up communication towers
Transnistrian military sources say that “after yesterday’s attack, the sabotage continued today.
Unknown people blew up signal transmitting antennas. Ukrainian saboteurs attacked the Mayak radio and television station in the Grigoriopol region, which broadcast Russian stations.
At the same time, analysts in Russia believe that the accumulation of tension in the region comes from neighboring Romania.
“A military offensive in Transnistria will begin in the near future. The Romanian army is already in Moldova (confirmed by WarNews247). The team is growing. Soon there will be military provocations and then an attack.
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Romania, with the support of NATO and the participation of the Ukrainian army, plans to occupy Transnistria and carry out mass political repression against all supporters of Russia. This will put Russia in a very difficult position. “After the military operation, Romania is planning the Anschluss (ss annexation) of Moldova,” said political analyst Sergei Markov.
Transnistria: Drone bombed us – Ukraine behind the blow
Transnistrian military sources and Russian media report that “there are Ukrainian traces behind the bombing of the military airport and the communication antennas”.
They emphasize that the attack was carried out by a drone. There were a total of two explosions. One was recorded on video.
They even cite statements by the member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Odesa Alexey Goncharenko, who had said that Transnistria is a danger to his country.
“The issue of Transnistria is becoming increasingly critical. Transnistria is a threat to Odessa. “We need a friendly Moldova on the border, not an aggressive Russia,” Goncharenko said.
Belarusian political scientist Aleksey Dzermant believes that destabilization in Transnistria is the work of the West and Ukraine:
“It is obvious that the West, through the regime in Kiev, Romania and the controlled government of Moldova, is trying to prevent the implementation of the plans for the first stage of our special operation, in order to prevent Russia from controlling the Black Sea. “They do not want to build a land corridor from Donetsk-Lugansk to Odessa and Transnistria.”
It is no coincidence that a former member of the Verkhovna Rada, former commander of the Dnepr-1 regiment, Yuri Bereza, said that the Ukrainian army should launch an attack on Moldovan territory to resolve the issue of Moldova with Transnistria.
According to journalist Alexander Nosovic, the terrorist attacks in Transnistria are an instrument of pressure on the Moldovan authorities.
“Ukraine does not stubbornly want to fight on its own and is therefore bombarding Moldovan territory. After all, for Kyiv, Transnistria is Moldova. And for the rest of the world (for now) as well.
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By the way, this also applies to us. It is impossible to carry the Russian flag together with the Transnistrian flag and count on constructive, economic relations with the neighboring regions of Ukraine. “Ukraine is separating friends from enemies, ” Nosovich said.
Belarusian TV presenter Vladimir Azarenok believes the West is trying to open a second front against Russia in Transnistria:
“It seems that the West has chosen to escalate the Ukrainian conflict. Most likely, Belarus was in the crosshairs. But the capitalists sat down, calculated, looked and decided that Warsaw would collapse.
The target is the large Soviet arsenal in Transnistria
Journalist Irina Alksnis notes that one of the targets of the Ukrainian army in Transnistria could be a large arsenal in Kolbasnoye, where a large amount of ammunition from the Soviet era has been stored:
“In Transnistria, in addition to the geopolitical aspect, there is a very important military. It is called Sausage. This is a village where the largest ammunition depot in Europe is located. Soviet ammunition.
It is located a few kilometers from the border with Ukraine. It is guarded by the Russian army. “And the Ukrainian Armed Forces desperately need weapons.”
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