KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s foreign ministry expressed concern on Tuesday about the situation in Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestria, and condemned what it said were Russian attempts to drag the region into Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The ministry said in an online statement that a series of incidents, which included several explosions, “coincided with the statements of the Russian military command about their plans to occupy the entire south of Ukraine and establish a land corridor to the Transdniestrian region of Moldova.”
“Ukraine strongly supports the territorial integrity of Moldova in its internationally recognised borders, condemns attempts to involve the Transdniestrian region of Moldova in Russia’s … full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and calls for a de-escalation of the situation,” it said.
Moldova’s president said on Tuesday that the attacks in the Russia-backed region were an attempt by factions within the territory to increase tensions.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the news was a cause for serious concern and that Moscow was following events closely.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder, editing by Timothy Heritage)