Russia on Thursday raised the alarm over “acts of terrorism” in Moldova’s Moscow-backed breakaway area of Transnistria after separatist authorities reported a number of assaults there this week.
“We’re alarmed by the escalation of tensions in Transnistria,” Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned throughout her weekly briefing, pointing to reviews of shootings and explosions.
“We regard these actions as acts of terrorism aimed toward destabilizing the scenario within the area and count on an intensive and goal investigation,” Zakharova added.
She mentioned Russia “strongly condemns” makes an attempt to contain Transnistria within the battle in neighboring Ukraine, the place Moscow has been conducting a navy operation for greater than two months.
Zakharova additionally dismissed a “sensational assertion” from Ukraine about Russian peacekeepers and Transnistrian conscripts getting ready “for some offensive actions.”
The separatist area bordering Ukraine has reported explosions hitting the safety ministry, a navy unit and a Russian-owned radio tower in addition to pictures fired at a village housing a Russian arms depot.
The self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria seceded from Moldova in 1992 after a short struggle with Chisinau. Round 1,500 Russian troopers have been based mostly there ever since.
Fears of destabilization within the area grew after a Russian normal mentioned the Kremlin’s offensive aimed to create a land hall by southern Ukraine to Transnistria.
Kyiv has accused Russia of desirous to destabilize the area to create a pretext for a navy intervention.