Blasts Hit Moldova’s Pro-Russia Breakaway Region Amid Worries That Russia is Expanding Aims

Several blasts hits the ministry of state security in the capital of Moldova’s pro-Russia breakaway region of Transdniestria, Reuters reports.

Local TV showed windows and doors of the Tiraspol facility blown out and fire crews at the scene.

Officials of the region’s interior ministry claimed that the building was fired on by unknown attackers with grenade launchers.

State TV showed a photo of a grenade launcher abandoned at the scene.

There were no reports of casualties.

Two radio towers were also destroyed.

Moldova’s government alleged that the incident was aimed at creating tensions in the region.

Emergency meeting:

Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Tuesday convened an emergency meeting of the country’s security council.

Ukrainian intelligence services claimed that the explosions were a planned provocation by Russia’s FSB intelligence agency.

"It is obvious that this case is one of a number of provocative measures organized by the FSB to instill panic and anti-Ukrainian sentiment," Ukrainian officials said in a statement.

Moldova under threat:

The explosions come days after a Russian commander said at a televised meeting that Russia’s aim in the next phase of the war in Ukraine is to take over the southern part of the country that stretches to the Moldovan border and then Transdniestria.

The comments raised fears that Russia would soon target Odesa, a key port city on the way from the illegally annexed region of Crimea to the Moldovan border and then attempt to take over the breakaway region.


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