Countries began to recommend their citizens not to travel to Pridnestrovie
The authorities of Israel, Canada, Germany and the United States are calling for people to leave the region and refrain from traveling there; they note that the security situation in Transnistria has deteriorated
The authorities of a number of countries recommended that their citizens leave Transnistria or cancel planned trips to the unrecognized republic.
On April 28, issued such a recommendation Israeli Foreign Ministrywhich pointed to the deteriorating security situation in the region. In addition, the agency said, “the ability of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide assistance to Israeli citizens living there is limited.”
The German Foreign Ministry made a similar call, noting that “the situation with Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends leaving Transnistria immediately and not traveling to the region”. The ministry also urges Canadians in Moldova to exercise maximum caution “due to the consequences of the armed conflict in Ukraine.”
The US State Department also warned about the danger of traveling to Transnistria . The agency said it was closely monitoring the situation in the region following several explosions. The US authorities published a recommendation calling to leave Transnistria and not travel to Moldova as early as April 19.
Bulgarian Foreign MinistryOn April 28, he recommended that his citizens leave Moldova and refrain from traveling to the country amid the “complicating situation.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, in response, noted that this is a standard security protocol, in accordance with which the authorities of other states act. “The warning was issued in connection with the incidents in Transnistria. Travel alert update— this is common practice,— cites the NewsMaker statement of the department.
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On April 26, a red level of terrorist threat was introduced in the republic in Pridnestrovie. This happened after a series of explosions, which the authorities called terrorist attacks: near the building of the Ministry of State Security in Tiraspol (according to the authorities, it was fired from a grenade launcher) and the village of Mayak, where two antennas of the center relaying Russian radio were disabled. A military unit in the village of Parkany was also attacked.
According to the Transnistrian authorities, the attack on the front office of the MGB was carried out by unknown persons who illegally arrived from Ukrainian territory. Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that the explosions are connected with “various forces inside Transnistria” that are interested in destabilizing the situation. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky considered that the situation in the region was “trying to destabilize” Russia. The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that Moscow regards the incidents as terrorism and an attempt to involve the region in what is happening in Ukraine.
Pridnestrovie borders Ukraine, where a special Russian military operation is taking place. The situation in the region escalated a few days after the Russian Ministry of Defense announced a new phase of the operation, the purpose of which the authorities say is to establish control over the Donbass and southern Ukraine in order to provide a corridor to Transnistria, where, according to the department, “there are facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.”
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