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Tensions have increased in recent days in and around the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria, a place few in Europe have heard of but which could easily become a new flashpoint for the war in Ukraine.
Explosions that have occurred in Transnistria over the past two days have raised concerns that the war across the border in Ukraine could soon be extended there.
Transnistria’s president, Vadim Krasnoselsky, called on Tuesday for a 15-day red alert, with anti-terrorist security measures put in place, like the setting up of roadblocks at the entrances to cities.
“The traces of these attacks lead to Ukraine”, Russian news agency TASS quoted Krasnoselsky as saying.
This came less than a week after a senior Russian military official, Rustam Minnekayev, said that Russian forces were aiming to take full control of southern Ukraine, and that such a move would open a land corridor between Russia and Transnistria.