Russia will consider any provocation in Transnistria as an attack

Russia will consider any provocation in Transnistria as an attack

The Russian attention call takes into account the significant accumulation of Ukrainian military personnel and equipment at the border separating them from the Transnistrian enclave, the foreign affairs agency said on Friday.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense denounced the use of artillery at firing positions, as well as the unprecedented increase in unmanned aircraft flights by the Ukrainian armed forces over the territory of this unrecognized republic.

The Foreign Ministry added that Moscow is in favor of solving any problem through political and diplomatic means and that no one doubts that the armed forces would respond appropriately to any provocation by the Kiev regime, should one occur.

“We are always for the solution and will guarantee the protection of our compatriots, the Russian peacekeeping contingent, the military of the Russian Troops Operational Group and the military depots in the town of Cobasna in Transnistria,” Moscow said.

The Cobasna depot is estimated to occupy around 100 hectares and contain around 20,000 tons of mostly obsolete ammunition left behind after the Soviet Army withdrew from East Germany and Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s.

Experts from the Moldovan Academy of Sciences pointed out in a report published in 2005 that an explosion at the Cobasna warehouse would be comparable to the detonation of the 10-kiloton atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

In 1992, several districts on the east bank of the Dniester with mostly Russian-speaking populations rebelled against Chisinau and proclaimed the establishment of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic, fearing that Moldova would merge with neighboring Romania after the collapse of the Soviet Union. .

Chisinau responded by sending troops into rebel areas, sparking an armed conflict that lasted several months.

Transnistria is currently an area outside of Chisinau’s control, with all the attributes of a state, including its own currency.

Peacekeeping in the conflict zone is carried out by the Joint Control Commission and a mixed military contingent from Russia, Moldova and Transnistria.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe insists on resolving the conflict through the negotiated 5+2 format (OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States as mediators, and Moldova and Transnistria).

The rogue republic insists on gaining independence, but Moldova refuses and offers extensive autonomy in return.

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