[이데일리 이현정 인턴기자] Russia is denying this, amid growing suspicions that Russia was responsible for a series of explosions of unknown cause in Transnistria, Moldova.
According to the Guardian on the 25th (local time), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko denied allegations of escalation in the Transnistrian explosion and announced that he would investigate the forces behind it. The Interior Ministry of Transnistraa announced that the radio relay tower was destroyed in a total of three attacks the day before.
Transnistria is an unapproved country on the border between Moldova and Ukraine. After the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, it declared independence from Moldova and is now controlled by pro-Russian forces. Recently, as pro-Russian separatists have demanded official independence, there are concerns that the situation in the Donbas region of Ukraine could be repeated. This is the reason why suspicions are being raised that Russia carried out a self-defense operation to expand the war into Moldova over the Transnistria explosion.
Earlier, Moldova’s President Maia Sando convened the Supreme Security Council immediately after the explosion and said, “The forces trying to escalate the war have invaded the Transnistrian region. Russia is trying to create a justification for a military operation.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also agreed.
In this regard, Deputy Minister Ludenko drew a line saying, “War is the scenario we most want to avoid.” “The Transnistrian explosion suggests that there are certain forces trying to escalate tensions in Europe,” he added.
Rustam Minekayev, deputy commander of the Central Military District (CVO) of the Russian Armed Forces, said on the 22nd, “The goal of the second stage of the special operation is to completely occupy southeastern Ukraine and secure a land route to Donbas and an access road to Transnistria. It will,” he said, arousing concerns about an escalation.