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Moldova president meets Supreme Security Council after Transnistria blasts

The President of Moldova today convened its Supreme Security Council after a series of explosions in the pro-Russian breakaway region of Transnistria, raising fears of the conflict in Ukraine reaching the country, the presidency announced.

Maia Sandu “will hold a meeting of the Supreme Security Council today due to the incidents in the Transnistria region”, indicated the Moldovan Presidency in a statement.

The note specified that the government meeting will start at 10:00 GMT and the Chairperson will hold a press conference at the end of the meeting, around 12:00 GMT.

Today, two explosions damaged a radio tower, and on Monday, separatist authorities reported a grenade launcher attack on an official building in the regional capital Tiraspol.

These two incidents caused no casualties, but they reinforce fears that the conflict raging in neighboring Ukraine will spread to Moldova.

Moldova achieved independence in the early 1990s with the collapse of the Soviet Union, but Russian troops stationed in a fringe of the territory, with less than half a million inhabitants, known as Transnistria, opposed the Moldovan authorities and established a new independent state, declaring a de facto republic.

Transnistria is not internationally recognized as a country, but it continues to exist as a separate entity from Moldova.

It is estimated that around 2,000 Russian troops are permanently stationed in Transnistria.

Tiraspol is just a hundred kilometers from the Ukrainian port of Odessa, one of the goals of the current Kremlin campaign.

Source: With agencies

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