Moldova, a neighbouring state to Ukraine, has a breakaway region called Transnistria, where Russians have troops. Recently Moldova asked Russians to leave the region, angering Moscow.
Undermining the security of Russian soldiers in Moldova's breakaway region could spark a military confrontation with Moscow, FM Sergey Lavrov warns Chisinau.
Explosions and a reported attack near a large ammunition depot in the pro-Russia breakaway region have raised fears that war could spill over into Moldova.
The strategic region has no borders with Russia, but Moscow has been able to keep it, even allegedly deploying nuclear weapons there.
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The small unrecognised country is located along Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, making Transnistria a crucial location for a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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