Moldova enhances security following an explosion in the detached Transnistoria

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Homeland Security Building in Transnistoria after the explosion

Authorities in Transnistoria, a secluded area of ​​Moldova, have reported numerous explosions in the last 24 hours and considered them a terrorist attack. The explosion occurred a few days after Russia’s senior commander said that the occupation of southern Ukraine would provide Moscow with an overpass to Transnistoria. Moldova’s President Maia Sandu blamed the explosion after an emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday. Next, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow is “closely monitoring” the situation in Transnistoria.

Tiraspol reports “terrorist attack”

On Monday evening, April 25, a Department of Homeland Security building in Tiraspol, an unrecognized administrative center of Transnistoria, ignited after being attacked on suspicion of a grenade launcher attack. The blast also shattered the windows of the adjacent building.

Another series of explosions on Tuesday morning knocked out two towers in the village of Maiak, which was broadcasting a state-run Russian radio station.The Security Council of Transnistoria report Attack on troops near Pakani village (details of this attack are not yet available). No casualties have been reported at the time of writing.

Sources of “Transnistoria’s Government” Said Interfax says “three unidentified people” allegedly from Ukraine are the cause of the attack on the security ministry building.Next, the TASS source “in the government circle of Tiraspol” Blame Ukraine for the case, claiming that Kieu is “trying to pull Moldova and Transnistoria” into the war with Russia.

After the explosion, the Security Council of Transnistoria declaration A threat of “red” level terrorism, he promised to take “emergency measures” to organize potential evacuation, medical care, emergency psychological support, and “protection of abandoned property.”

Law enforcement agencies in Transnistoria have become more vigilant and checkpoints have been set up at the entrances of local cities. Some schools have been switched to distance learning and the final exam has been cancelled.Tiraspol too Cancel To commemorate World War II’s Victory Day, a parade on May 9 was held due to safety concerns.

Answers from Kisinau and Moscow

Following the explosion in Transnistoria, Moldova’s President Maia Sandu convened an emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday. The council has decided to strengthen the preparation of services and institutions responsible for public security and to strengthen patrols and checks along Moldova and its borders. In a post-conference press conference, Sandu blamed the blast and said it was the result of “internal differences between the various groups of Transnistoria interested in destabilizing the situation.” She also warned against “creating new risks.”

Next, Moldova’s information and security services are “to the public.[remain] Be calm and refrain from disseminating information, especially from unidentified sources. [information] Fuel hatred and war. “

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov talking to journalists on Tuesday Said Moscow is “closely monitoring” the situation in Transnistoria. The blast “causes concerns,” Peskoff added, but Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has no plans to talk to President Sandu. Next, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko expressed his hope that the person responsible for the explosion would be punished.

Damaged radio tower in Maiak village

Overpass to Transnistoria

The explosion in Transnistoria occurred a few days after Major Rustam Minekaev, senior commander of Russia. declaration Establishing an overpass to the secession area was one of the purposes of the “second stage” of the full-scale invasion of Moscow into Ukraine. In particular, Minekaev said controlling southern Ukraine would give Russia access to Transnistoria. “There is evidence of oppression of Russian-speaking people.”

However, there are no signs that Russian troops may promote Transnistoria in the near future. Russia’s offensive in southwestern Ukraine stagnated in March. Paratroopers were unable to cross the South Pivdennyi River north of Mykolaiv and were forced to retreat to the territory of the Kherson region. Additional Ukrainian troops from the Kieu region were transferred to this front in early April, but their counterattack was unsuccessful.

Fighting continued throughout April in southwestern Ukraine (Mykolaiv and the Kherson region, and the southern part of the Dnipropetrovsk region). Russian troops still have a solid foothold on the right bank of the Dniepuru River around Kherson and Novakakhovka, but have not launched new attacks in the direction of Odesa and Transnistoria. There are no reports yet that additional Russian troops have been transferred there.

The Russian army currently stationed in Transnistoria — the Russian Army Operations Group (OGRF) —is very vulnerable to the standards of ongoing war in Ukraine. The OGRF consists of two electric rifle battalions and command and control units, with a total of less than 2,000 soldiers. The Ukrainian troops in Odesa alone are many times more than the Russian troops in Transnistoria.

Numerically speaking, Transnistoria’s own army (composed of less than 10,000) is about the same as its main potential enemy, the Armed Forces of Moldova. However, even if Tiraspol decides to participate in the Russian war, his army is not enough to make a big difference on the Ukrainian battlefield.

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