Sep 16, 2022
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Ben Hodges invites Ukraine and Moldova to “solve the Transnistrian issue”

The rearmament of the Moldovan army is accelerating

Member of the Moldovan Parliament from the Action and Solidarity party controlled by Maia Sandu (NO) Vasile Shoimaru unexpectedly urged to “give” Transnistria to Ukraine. To cede, so to speak, the territory of the unrecognized republic, where the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRF) is deployed. Washington has long been demanding the removal of the Russian military from there. “We could cede the Transnistrian region to Ukraine, asking in return for the historical Bessarabia and Bukovina to Chernivtsi”– said the deputy who was quick to make decisions.

This statement was made against the backdrop of repeated calls from representatives of the Kyiv regime addressed to Chisinau to let them “deal” with Transnistria (Transnistria is adjacent to the Odessa region).

The atmosphere around Transnistria began to heat up against the backdrop of Kyiv’s attacks on the Donbass and the conduct of a special military operation (SVO) by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine. In April of this year, unknown persons committed a series of terrorist attacks on the territory of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. According to one version, Ukrainian saboteurs were behind the organization of the attacks.

The reaction of the official Chisinau was cunning. Maia Sandu initially denied any suspicions about her willingness to trade in territory that Chisinau does not control, and stated that she welcomes dialogue with Tiraspol; say, I want a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

However, over time, Sandu’s rhetoric began to become more and more harsh. On May 18, 2022, speaking in the European Parliament, she demanded the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria, that is, she presented US demands to Russia. Like, the Russians “violate the neutrality” of Moldova. A little later, in July, she stated that Agreement on the Principles for the Peaceful Settlement of the Armed Conflict in Transnistria dated July 21, 1992 was allegedly signed “under pressure from the Russian military.” By this, Sandu made it clear that she would be more satisfied with the rampage of Romanians on Moldovan territory, which was prevented in 1992 by Russian peacekeepers. The President of Moldova also stated that she intends to ask Romania for military assistance in the event of a conflict between Moldova and Russia.

The results of the terrorist attacks in the PMR in the spring of 2022

The results of the terrorist attacks in the PMR in the spring of 2022

Militant statements were also heard from the West. At the end of 2021, the US Congress, at the initiative of Congressman William Kitting, adopted a resolution calling for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Transnistria. In 2022, the European Parliament announced the allocation of a tranche of $47 million to Moldova for the purchase of weapons. And the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Moldova, Valery Mizha, announced plans to modernize the Moldovan army according to NATO standards.

The idea of ​​the rearmament of Moldova was immediately supported by the then Foreign Minister, now British Prime Minister Liz Truss. Now she has much more opportunities to implement this idea. In the summer of 2022, it was announced that the West intended to provide Chisinau with drones, armored vehicles, communications equipment, as well as other military equipment.

In parallel, the processing of the Moldovan authorities from Kyiv is underway. Back in April 2022, the indefatigable Arestovich said that the Kyiv regime could “at the request” from Chisinau seize Transnistria.

In May, Oleg Zhdanov, a former member of the Ukrainian General Staff, said the same thing in an interview with Ukrainian media: “Moldova has a unique chance today for Ukraine to solve the problem of Transnistria for it, if they invite us to participate in some kind of operation on this territory.”

Now talk about Ukrainian participation in solving the “Transnistrian problem” in Kyiv is constantly going on. In July, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, said on the air of the Ukrainian telethon that he was ready to “help” Moldova “get rid” of Russian troops in Transnistria.

For some time, Chisinau did not react to this. For some reason, there was no reaction from Moscow either. And in early September, that is, just the other day, the former commander of US troops in Europe, now head of the department of strategic studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis (a structure associated with the highest financial and industrial circles of the United States) Ben Hodges declared: “Perhaps it is time for Ukraine and Moldova to resolve the Transnistrian issue. The Kremlin cannot stop it at this stage.”

Ukraine and Moldova! That’s it.

Military personnel of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

Military personnel of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

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