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26 Apr, 2022 11:37

Kremlin reacts to ‘terrorist attacks’ in Transnistria

Russia says the situation in the breakaway region is “concerning”
Kremlin reacts to ‘terrorist attacks’ in Transnistria

A recent wave of attacks in Transnistria, a self-declared state which borders Ukraine, is “concerning,” the Kremlin outlined on Tuesday. Targets have included a military site and a broadcasting facility.

“We are watching the situation very closely,” President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained.

Unrecognised Transnistria, officially known as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), was placed on a terror alert on Tuesday. 

The previous day, a government building in the region’s capital, Tiraspol, was shelled with rocket-propelled grenades, local officials said. Another attack hit a military site in the village of Parkany. There were no casualties.

On Tuesday morning, two explosions occurred at a radio center in Mayak, another small settlement.

The largely Russian-speaking Transnistria declared independence from Moldova during the breakup of the Soviet Union but no major state has recognized it, up to now. 

A Russian peacekeeping force has been stationed there since an armed conflict in the early 1990s.

Peskov said that Putin does not plan on meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Maia Sandu at the moment. Chisinau has convened an urgent government meeting on Transnistria on Tuesday afternoon.