Ukraine says Russia trying to ‘destabilize’ Moldova

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Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to create unrest in a Moscow-backed separatist region of ex-Soviet Moldova where recent blasts have raised fears of a spillover of the Ukraine war.

“Russia wants to destabilize the Trans-Dniester region and hints Moldova should wait for ‘guests’,” Mykhaylo Podolyak, a Ukraine presidential aide wrote on Twitter.

The breakaway region saw explosions hit its security ministry on Monday and a radio tower on Tuesday morning, incidents that follow bellicose statements from Russian officials on Moldova.

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“Bad news: if Ukraine falls tomorrow Russian troops will be at Chisinau’s gates,” Podolyak said, referring to the capital of Moldova, which neighbors Ukraine.

“Good news: Ukraine will definitely ensure strategic security of the region. But we need to work as a team,” Podolyak added.

Trans-Dniester is an unrecognized breakaway region that seceded in 1990, followed by a short war in 1992, with the Russian army fighting alongside separatists against Moldovan forces.

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