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    War map | Moldova: Vladimir Putin’s next target?

    The Russian Defense Ministry has accused Ukraine of planning to invade the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria through a false flag operation, the Russian Information Agency Novosti, also known as RIA, reported.

    Russia said Ukraine was planning to stage a fake Russian attack from Transnistria as a pretext for its invasion, according to the RIA.

    But it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who this week revoked a decree that had committed Russia to a deal in Transnistria that would respect Moldova’s territorial integrity.

    The Institute for the Study of War states that this move does not indicate that Putin intends to attack Moldova – an objective for which he lacks military capacity – although it does point to an escalation in his continued efforts to undermine the Moldovan state.

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    Moldovan President Maia Sandu said earlier this month that the country had intelligence suggesting that Russia was plotting a coup to “overthrow” the Moldovan authorities and wreak havoc in the small former Soviet republic. .

    When Russia invaded Ukraine exactly one year ago, Moscow wanted to create a land corridor through southern Ukraine to the breakaway region of Transnistria: a narrow strip of land almost 200 km long and 30 km wide between the Dniester River and the Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, which is not recognized as a sovereign state by the international community or, indeed, by Russia. But just under 2,000 Russian soldiers have been crammed there since 1992.

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    In recent days, the President of Russia has once again revived his imperialist narrative that Russia is fighting for its “historical borders.” A concept that has already been used in the invasion of Ukraine and that could be used to justify aggression against almost any of Russia’s neighbors besides Moldova.

    Source: Euronews Español


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