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Explosions in Moldova's Breakaway Region Fuel Fears of a Wider Russian War

MIN READApr 27, 2022 | 20:09 GMT

Moldovan President Maia Sandu speaks during a press conference in Chisinau on March 6, 2022.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu speaks during a press conference in Chisinau on March 6, 2022.

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While Russia is unlikely to invade Moldova in the short-to-medium term, a series of explosions in a Moldovan breakaway region near Ukraine could eventually grant Moscow a justification for doing so, in addition to destabilizing the pro-EU government in Chisinau. The attacks also risk distracting Kyiv from Russia's renewed offensive in the eastern Donbas region by amplifying the threat to southern Ukraine. A spate of suspicious explosions in the pro-Russian Moldovan breakaway region of Transdniestria starting on April 25 has stoked fears that Russia may soon launch an attack toward Transdniestria from the Ukrainian territory it's seized during the ongoing war. The explosions did not result in casualties, but prompted Transdniestria's government to raise the unrecognized republic's terrorist threat level to high and order the erection of checkpoints outside towns and cities and at the borders with the rest of Moldova and Ukraine. ...

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