Transnistria separatists in eastern Moldova claim troops opened fire on drones in the village where the weapons depot is located Russia.
They claim the drone flying over the Russian arms depot came from Ukraine.
Transnistria is an area controlled by pro-Moscow separatists in Moldova. This region borders Ukraine.
“Last night, several drones were seen in the sky, over the village of Kolbasna. The drones were launched into the Transnistria region from Ukraine,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said on its official website on Wednesday (27/4). AFP.
Kolbasna is located about 2 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. The village holds about 200,000 tons of Soviet-era ammunition guarded by Russian troops.
The shooting came after a region reported a series of explosions called “terrorist attacks.” The incident raises concerns about the impact of the war on Ukraine.
“On the morning of April 27 at 08.45 local time, shots were fired from Ukraine towards Kolbasna,” continued the Ministry of Home Affairs.
So far, no one has been injured in the shooting.
Earlier last week, Kolbasna reported hearing explosions hitting the security ministry, military units and a Russian radio tower.
In response to the gunfire, the Moldovan government then appealed to its citizens to remain calm and to increase security measures.
Anticipating widespread conflict, Moldova’s Foreign Minister, Nicu Popescu, claimed Transnistria had prevented combat-ready adult males from leaving the region.
“So this is a sign we are not out of the potential danger zone. Our main task is to maintain peace in Moldova. Moldova must not be drawn into any military scenario in the region,” Popescu told a news conference.
However, the leader of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky, denied the accusations.
“[Itu] senseless lies, fantasy that has nothing to do with reality,” he said on Telegram.
The Republic of Transnistria seceded from Moldova in 1992 after a brief war with Chisinau. Since then, about 1,500 Russian troops have been stationed there.
Fears of destabilization began to grow after a Russian general said the Kremlin was attacking to create a corridor through southern Ukraine to Transnistria.
But the Kyiv government doesn’t believe it. They accuse Russia of wanting to destabilize the region to create a pretext for military intervention.