Moldova Fears Possible Russian Invasion after Ukraine as Forces Gather in Transnistria

Concerns have been raised that Moldova might be invaded next by Russia after Ukraine as their troops gather in Transnistria.

According to unnamed sources, Russian activity east of Moldova, in the breakaway state of Transnistria has been increasing, and a false flag attack may be staged as a pretext to another invasion. 

Russia has placed 1,500 soldiers and a Soviet-era munitions cache in Transnistria after being captured by Moscow-backed separatists in 1992. 

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has reportedly taken Russian President Vladimir Putin’s side, was seen in a photo on 1 March pointing at a military campaign map showing Russian troops in Odessa moving into Transnistria.

Both Belarus and Russia have not confirmed the troop movement while Transnistria denied the allegations. 

“Such or similar decisions were not made by the leadership of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. The army of the republic functions in a standard mode, military units are in places of permanent deployment,” said its President Vadim Krasnoselsky.

Like Ukraine, Moldova has applied for EU membership on 3 March along with Georgia.

Dorina Baltag, a postdoctoral researcher writing on the London School of Economics warned of the after-effects of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. 

“If a puppet regime is installed in Ukraine, then the domino effect would be felt in Moldova,” said  Baltag.

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