If successful, that raid would allow Russian forces to enter the port of Odessa from the west.
Russia seeks to open a new front against Ukraine from Moldova, and several “indicators” point to an attack on that former Soviet republic in the near future, according to Ukrainian military sources quoted by the newspaper ‘The Times’.
If that raid succeeded, it would allow Russian forces enter the port of Odessa, in the Black Sea, from the west, adds this Monday the British newspaper, which recalls that Moldova barely has 3,250 soldiers. in his Army.
“We believe that the Kremlin has already made the decision to attack Moldova. The fate of Moldova is very crucial. If the Russians start to take control, we will be an easier target militarily and the threat to Ukraine will be existential,” a Ukrainian military source said.
Tensions have risen in Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, after a series of mysterious explosions blamed on “terrorists”.
Transnistria, which was formed in 1990 after the Soviet Union dissolved, It borders southwestern Ukraine and is controlled by pro-Russian officials.
Western analysts believe that the Kremlin’s goal is to create a land bridge from Russia along the Ukrainian coast to Transnistria, isolating Ukraine from the Black Sea, reports ‘The Times’.
Moldova is facing a large influx of refugees and also to the economic consequences of the war since it has stopped almost 15% of its exports.
According to the military source, Ukrainian intelligence points to activity at Tiraspol’s main airfield, the capital of Transnistria, suggesting that the Russians are preparing for conflict, with Ilyushin-76 transport aircraft and possibly helicopters to come.
It is estimated that around 1,500 Russian soldiers are already in Transnistria, according to Western officials.
According to the newspaper, Russia could create a “pretext” to intervene in Moldova to coincide with the Victory Day parade on May 9, which commemorates the defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.