Moldova’s breakaway state of Transnistria reports explosions along its border with Ukraine

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The escape Moldovan state of Transnistria reported explosive in a village along the Ukrainian border Friday evening, according to the Ministry of the Interior (MVD) of the region.

“At least two drones flew over the Voronkovo ​​military unit, four explosions went off,” local media Novosti Pridnestrovya reported.

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The MVD planted the blasts near a former airport at around 9:40 pm on Friday.

“Four explosions occurred near the village of Voronkove, in the Rybnytskyi district, near the former airport,” the MVD said. “On the evening of May 6, around 21:40, the first two explosive devices were probably dropped from one of the drones. An hour later the attack was repeated.”

Transnistria remains an unrecognized separatist state within Moldova, similar to the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in Ukraine.

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Putin formally initiated his invasion of Ukraine recognize the two breakaway regions, and some analysts believe it will push both regions to vote on referendums to join Russia. Once he has tightened control of Ukraine’s Donbas region, analysts believe will repeat the process with Transnistria.

Transnistria remains under pro-Russian separatist control and permanently hosts 1,500 Russian soldiers and an arms depot, according to The Guardian.

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Russia has intensified its focus on Transnistria finished the last few weeks after a series of explosions rocked the area on April 26. Russian Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said his country was “concerned” about the series of explosions in the separatist state.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu called Security Council meetings after the April incidents. He warned of potential efforts to create a pretext for rising tensions and the “security situation” in Transnistria, similar to such attempts by Russia in the run-up to the invasion of Ukraine.

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Sandu has not yet said anything about the reported blasts on Saturday.

NATO expects further explosions and similar attacks reported in the region, which could create problems for Ukraine as it seeks to continue fighting for the Donbas region, according to the Ukrainian agency Pravda.