Ukraine conflict In the past weekend separatists from Russia has claimed the existence of Ukrainian drones
dropped explosives at an airfield located in Transnistria, a pro-Russian region that is a
breakaway part of Moldova that borders Ukraine. Western observers have doubted the claims.
doubt over the claims of drones however, they did occur just two weeks after an explosion
series were observed throughout the area. The victims were not injured or killed, but they
served as an indication of the dangers in the event that the Ukraine conflict extends over its
The explosions also shook what was a long-running “frozen” dispute. In the aftermath of the
collapse of the Soviet Union, Transnistria, with the support of Moscow was fighting to seize
independence from Moldova. A ceasefire agreement in 1992 stopped the fighting, however,
Transnistria retains its in fact independent status, even though, its independence isn’t officially
recognized in the world community and not at all by Russia.
There was no claim that they were responsible for the recent attacks in Transnistria which
targeted a slack state security agency in Tiraspol the capital of the country and a radio tower
that was broadcasting Russian-language radio, as well as an army unit in the region.
The absence of an attribution led to that there were many allegations. Transnistria officials have
blamed Ukrainian “nationalists” to be responsible for having committed an act of terror.
Ukrainian officials have accused Russian Security forces that they were involved in conducting
a “false signal” operation designed to create the pretext to intervene. Moldova’s foreign minister
stated the attacks were ” pretexts for straining the security situation in the Transnistrian region.”
Maia Sandu Moldova’s pro-European Union president said rival factions within Transnistria were
Experts say the person behind the attack was likely to have done it for a purpose other instead
of causing actual harm. But the attack did work, creating fears that a resurgence of tensions
could lead to the ensuing draw of Transnistria or Moldova in a larger conflict. There were other
indications also. On April 22nd, the acting commander of Russia’s central military district
Rustam Minnekayev stated that Russia’s efforts to manage the southern part of Ukraine could
lead to an avenue to Transnistria where Minnekayev claimed that there was “oppression of
Ukraine is also been concerned about the possibility that Russia could make use of Transnistria
as potential staging grounds to launch attacks in the south of Ukraine as well as close to
Odessa, the city with the most ports Odesa or to utilize it as a new front to spread the war.
Moldova is a small little nation with a small military that is in a delicate situation, looking for more
assistance in its EU or the Western world, all while remaining neutral and avoiding creating
tension with Russia. It is also Transnistria could be a bit nebulous even though it is largely
dependent on Russia and the Russians, it has stepped up commerce with European Union, to
its own economic advantage and it will all be lost when it was subsumed by Russia.
For Russia, despite its claim for a bridge over the land, the aim has always been to utilize
Transnistria as leverage to undermine Moldova and the entire region. Transnistria is not the
Kremlin’s objective. At present, it’s currently Ukraine. It is also worth noting that the Kremlin is
fighting to hold territory in Ukraine’s south and east and south, which implies that the facts in the
field mitigate certain risks of an escalation. “The only thing that’s keeping Transnistria from
being conquered is geography. It’s the reality that Ukraine is situated between them as well as
their neighbors, the Russians,” said Stuart Kaufman Professor of international and political
science relationships at the University of Delaware.
What exactly is Transnistria?
Transnistria has always enjoyed close cultural and linguistic connections with Moscow than the
remainder of Moldova which is the western portion of which is likely to have more ties with
Romania. It is also the home of the Soviet Union also heavily industrialized Transnistria and
made it economically vital in the Soviet period, leaving Moldova as its entirety more dependent
After it came to the Soviet Union collapsed, said Michael Eric Lambert, an expert, and analyst
In the region, the loss of that status also meant that Transnistria did not want to join along with
Moldova was determined to remain separate, or an integral part of Russia.
Transnistrian separatists with Russian backing, engaged in a civil war that caused the deaths of
around 1,000 people before the ceasefire of 1992 that provided Transnistria its independence in
fact. Russian military forces were permanent residents of the region, which included hundreds
of peacekeepers in the framework of the ceasefire, as well as an Operational Group of Russian
Armed Forces, about 1,500 troops who guard a massive ammunition cache. Transnistria also
has about 15,000 of its own troops in accordance with reports in the Los Angeles Times.
If you’re from Moldova the situation was never a pleasant one which was the reason for
Transnistria to Russia. “Russia exerts stress on Moldova to ensure it stays within its influence
zone and to prevent it from taking part within Western European structures such as the
European Union,” said Agnieszka Miarka, who is a professor of political sciences at the
University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Moldova is neutral in its official position and has stated
that it will remain neutral however, in the event that Moldova ever decides to change its position,
having pro-Russian soldiers on its soil could also render NATO the possibility of joining NATO
The government of Transnistria is pro-Russian, and according to experts, the region does share
the same history of language, culture, and language with Russia. (At also, it is a region of
400,000 people that have significant Ukrainian and Moldovan or Romanian-speaking minorities.)
The region was historically heavily dependent upon the Kremlin to pay for things such as
pensions and energy even though Moscow isn’t as generous in recent years as it was in the
However, Transnistria’s economic relations began to change over the last few years as a result
of Moldova’s trade deal with the EU. Today, about 70 percent of Transnistria’s exports are
towards Europe, specifically the European Union. This has led to a polarization that shows the
region’s political views are firmly aligned with Russia however, the region’s economic goals are
strongly connected to Moldova as well as to the European Union. This could be a reason to
avoid the possibility of an unintended conflict.
What is the likelihood to be that the Ukraine conflict extends into Moldova?
Transnistria’s official government hasn’t condemned Russia’s military invasion and hasn’t
backed it either.
Experts have said that although Transnistria isn’t going to quit its Russian relations it isn’t willing
to travel out its manner to invite Moscow to invade its borders. It’s also a matter of economics.
Transnistria will be isolated from the Western economy, which it’s becoming dependent upon,
and instead, be dependent on the sanctions-affected Russia. There are other common-sense
arguments. “Would you want the war to invade your country? I don’t think so,” stated Tatsiana
Kulakevich, a world research professor at the University of South Florida.
Also, Transnistria is sort of lying on the floor. “‘We are in support of Russia. Russia is our ally.
Russia, Russia,'” Kulakevich said of the region’s probable thinking. “But Russia needs to reach
This means that Moscow must be able to actually build the bridge across the land that at a
minimum one Russian general claimed that the Kremlin was planning to construct. Experts
aren’t convinced that Russia could do it in the present, considering that there is a huge gap in
the Russian military is sunk in the eastern part of Ukraine and even though it has made gains in
the east, as well as the south but these combats, are reducing Russian troops also.
Because since Russia does not have a border with Moldova It isn’t able easily to transport
troops or supplies to Transnistria which makes Transnistria a difficult option to mount an attack
against the Ukraine conflict. “I do not believe that the Russians have the capability to conduct any military
action using the troops they have in Transnistria since they aren’t able to provide them with
supplies,” Kaufman said.
However, some analysts believe that simply threatening Transnistria could serve a purpose in
particular, by causing Ukraine to relocate troops to the region to defend against areas such as
Odesa in addition to removing them from fronts. This also allows Russian President Vladimir
Putin “pretends that he’s winning more often than losing” as Lambert said.
As experts have pointed out that the threat is keeping Ukraine and Moldova in a state of alert.
Moldova has applied to be an EU acceptance in March however, it has a long way to follow
before achieving it. It is also reported that the EU has announced that it is stepping up its
assistance to military forces as well as to the financial aid the West will provide to the tens of
thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have crossed into Moldova. However, Moldova has also
taken care to emphasize its neutrality and is dependent on Russia for its energy needs. The
government has minimized the risk of spillover.
According to experts, it is not logical for Russia to escalate the Ukraine conflict when it was
already forced to alter its war objectives. At present, the likelihood of a true spillover isn’t very
likely. But Putin has been making mysterious military actions during the Ukraine conflict and
wars, once they’ve begun are always unpredictable. “There’s the risk of an escalation,” Lambert
said. “It’s an actuality.”