The Droning of Transnistria

Map of Moldova showing Transnistria (predominantly Russian) and Gagauzia (predominantly Turkic)

Transnistria (“across the Dniester”) is a region of Moldova located between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian border. It is inhabited mainly by ethnic Russians, and has been quasi-autonomous since the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Moldova proper is populated by ethnic Romanians who speak a dialect of Romanian. Another fragmented ethnic region in Moldova, Gagauzia, is populated by descendants of Turkic people who settled there during the Middle Ages.

Since the war in Ukraine began, Transnistria has been targeted by drones launched from outside its borders. Mysterious explosions have been reported on multiple occasions.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Anti-Spiegel:

More attacks on Transnistria from Ukrainian territory

Unnoticed by Western media, attacks from Ukrainian territory continue and a Ukrainian presidential aide has openly threatened war.

There are topics that don’t appear in Western media. This applies, for example, to all the overly frank statements made by Ukrainian President Zelensky’s most important adviser. This is Alexei Arestovych, whose name you should remember; see here for details.

Arestovych openly said that Ukraine is ready at any time to expand the war to Transnistria. Since Russian peacekeeping troops have been stationed there since 1992, this would be a very unpleasant situation for Russia, because the Russian troops there would be effectively cut off from supplies. Russia would either have to abandon them there or massively change its strategy in Ukraine to come to the aid of the soldiers there.

Western media recently reported on an explosion in Transnistria, but Western media have not heard anything about the fact that there have been constant new explosions and overflights by armed Ukrainian drones since then.

Russian television reported on this, and I translated the report. Before we get to the translation, however, I want to remind you once again what the region is about, because perhaps not all readers will be aware of it.

Moldova and Transnistria

Moldova is a small country with a short but difficult history. Located between Ukraine and Romania, the country is a former Soviet republic that experienced civil war after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, the country has been divided and consists of Moldova, which is recognized under international law, and the breakaway Republic of Transnistria. The civil war was ended by an agreement between Moldova and Russia, and Russian peacekeepers have been protecting the former front line for almost twenty years now.

Moldova is comparable to Ukraine because it is a multi-ethnic country where the dominant Moldovans, who are often referred to as Romanians, discriminate against the languages of other minorities. For example, although Russian is widely spoken and used primarily in cities and in business, it does not have the status of a national language. Exactly these ethnic problems were the reason for the civil war at the time.

Moldova has written into its constitution that it is a neutral state. However, in late 2020, the pro-Western, US-educated politician Maia Sandu, closely associated with George Soros, narrowly won Moldova’s presidential election. After that she also replaced the government with controversial political maneuvers in 2021 and has been consistently leading the country West since the summer of 2021.

After taking power completely, she openly announced a “cleansing” of the country’s judiciary in the summer of 2021, which was presented positively in the West and as a measure to fight corruption. In truth, it was a political purge, as Sandu wants to cement her country’s westward course and remove its opponents who want to preserve the country’s neutrality. Sandu also spoke of needing support from the USA for the upcoming reforms and shortly thereafter described the USA as an important strategic partner.

As early as January there were indications that the situation in the region was getting worse; you can find details about that here.

Now we come to the translation of the report from Sunday evening’s news review from Russian television on the current situation in Transnistria.

Start of translation:

Transnistria: Moldova tightens blockade

Officially, Transnistria is on the “red” terrorism threat level. As recently as Thursday a drone with explosives launched from Ukraine was neutralized over the territory of the republic. Four explosions occurred near the village of Voronkovo, near the Ukrainian border, on Friday evening. A report from Transnistria.

The site of the explosion is cordoned off. The area may not be entered. Behind the cordon is a Military Unit that has been the target of several terrorist attacks over the past two days. Another provocation by the Ukrainian Secret Services.

Their drones can be seen in the Voronkovo sky every night. The small village in the north of Transnistria is in a border area. It’s about ten kilometers across the fields to the Odessa region. The radio-controlled drone was launched from there, after which explosions occurred near the Military Unit.

There used to be a Soviet airfield here. It was built before World War II, and during World War II a fighter regiment was stationed near Voronkovo. However, there are no more flight operations here and the runway is plowed over. But the Western curators of Ukraine have their own plans here.

The neighbor’s aggressive mood can be clearly seen from the lookout tower. After the official border with Transnistria was closed, Ukrainian border guards have been strengthening their positions on the line of contact. Sandbags are carried to the concrete blocks to set up the shooting ranges.

The Kuchurgan border crossing. No people or cars. It is 200 meters to Ukrainian territory. Behind the barrier is a neutral stripe — the bridge over the Liman. The Ukrainians mined them.

The only railway bridge has already been blown up. It is no longer possible to reach Odessa from Tiraspol by train. Ukraine defends itself with terrorist attacks against neighboring Transnistria.

“Our people have already gone through one war, in 1992. We know what losses are and we will keep the peace in our country to the end,” said President Vadim Krasnoselsky.

After the failed act of sabotage in Mayak — the second within a week, in which a drone equipped with explosives was supposed to switch off the entire radio center — there were calls from Kyiv to unleash a war: “We also have unhealed wounds. And as soon as you need us in peace or in war, we will always come to your aid,” Ukrainian politician Alexei Arestovych said to Moldova.

This is an appeal to official Chisinău, where Maia Sandu receives European politicians every other day. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, extends a helping hand to Moldova, which has not noticed the terrorist attacks in Transnistria: “We plan to significantly increase support to Moldova. We are providing additional equipment for your forces.”

For her decision on her pro-European course, Sandu also expects additional military support from neighboring Romania, where NATO maneuvers have just begun.

“We have an unresolved conflict. There is a peacekeeping force. It is clear that the peacekeepers fully ensure peace and security. Why does the Republic of Moldova need military support? Against whom? Transnistria does not threaten either the Republic of Moldova or Ukraine,” said Vitaliy Ignatyev, Moldovan-Transnistrian Foreign Minister.

Foreign officers are now appearing at the Moldovan-Transnistrian border. Officially to control the flow of Ukrainian refugees. Unofficially, Romanian border guards have long been patrolling the demarcation line on an equal footing with Moldovan border guards.

“The Republic of Moldova has chosen its allies; we must finally understand and hold on to that. Well, they chose this direction themselves, there you go, no problem. But we didn’t choose this direction; Transnistria has another direction; our opinion must be respected,” says Vadim Krasnoselsky.

The Republic of Moldova does not recognize the direction of Transnistria and tightens its blockade. Hundreds of tons of cargo are confiscated at checkpoints. Imports of medicines fell by 70 percent, as did imports of raw materials for the big steel mill.

“The plant did not violate anything; it worked mainly for the European market. Every month the Republic of Moldova receives $10-12 million for services and sale of raw materials,” said Sergei Kornev, general director of Moldova Steelworks.

Without considering the money, Moldova failed to issue an environmental permit, which is a dramatic change in legislation. In the meantime, the European market has lost an important supplier.

The heart of the plant, the huge steel furnace, is shut down. The main hall is unusually dark and quiet. Work is suspended, which has been dragging on for four months.

They were 30 percent behind on production, using only local scrap. After long negotiations, they returned to normal work. However, the Republic of Moldova only issued the permit for one month.

The export, on which Transnistria tries to live, also depends on the relations with Chisinău. The apple orchards are blooming under the hot May sun. This is the largest plantation in the republic: nine different varieties and almost 4,000 tons of harvest. Everything for the Russian market, to which it has to be transported. And nobody knows how. The logistics are now almost five times more expensive; the way is longer — through the north of the Republic of Moldova. But there is hardly any passage for trucks with goods destined for Russia.

This is the former granary of the Soviet Union. All these fields were state farms. Even now, Transnistria is only staying afloat thanks to its farmers. All of the country’s wealth is in the local market. You can also find all the latest news here. “Everyone is worried, but we are persevering. We hope that Russia will recognize us and everything will be fine. Our children are there, so we are only with Russia,” say the locals.

Here they have their own currency, passports and license plates. The three official languages are Moldovan, Russian and Ukrainian. But the Russian flag is just as common as the Transnistrian one. And even if there is no common border, there is a common past, the memory of which is carefully preserved here.

“You can’t abolish May 9th. May 9th is in our hearts, in our minds, in our upbringing, in our history, it cannot be abolished. We will distribute the St. George’s ribbon as a symbol of victory; it’s a matter of principle. The history of Transnistria is also inextricably linked to the St. George’s bond,” Krasnoselsky said. Just as the history of Transnistria is inseparable from the history of Russia.

End of translation

Afterword from the translator:

Is this the making of a European continent-wide WAR we’re seeing here? It surely looks like that to me, even though I’m not a geopolitical engineer who tinkers with retarded ideologies or ambitions… and to hell with the possible outcome. It’s the peasants after all that have to pay the ultimate price. So, let’s party.

16 thoughts on “The Droning of Transnistria

  1. Stop lying.

    Moldova is eastern Romania. It was part of Romania under Ottoman occupation until the Russians came and grabbed a chunk of it in the 1800s. When the various empires got shaky after WW1, it rejoined Romania. Then it was annexed / ripped off by Stalin as part of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. In other words, Russians doing what Russians have always done.

    You didn’t mention any of this in your summary. Why not?

    Because it doesn’t support the position you want to advocated. EVEN THOUGH IT IS ALL ENTIRELY TRUE.

    Even though the truth is exactly contrary to what you wish it to be.


    Stop lying.

    The Russian language has exactly the same rights in Moldova as Arabic has in the United States: the rights of an invader.

    • When Stalin annexed Bessarabia in 1940, Transnistria was not part of it. It had been Soviet territory at least since the end of the Civil War. Before 1917 it was part of the Russian Empire and so was Bessarabia.

      Transnistria has always had a mixed population – Jews, Russians, Moldovan Romanians, Ukrainians, Rom, etc. Russian was the most prestigious language of all the languages spoken their. It was the language of educated and cultured people. For example, Jews who had any social ambitions learned Russian and spoke it at home. Yiddish had a very low prestige. The same is true of the other ethnic groups.

      The reason why Transnistria broke away from Moldova after the collapse of the Soviet Union was discrimination to which non-Moldovans were subjected (even those who spoke excellent Romanian).

      The population of Transnistria has no wish to live under the Moldovan, Romanian or Ukrainian government. as all those governments pursue nationalist policies discriminating against minorities.
      In the case of Ukraine, this discrimination is especially vicious. That is, by the way, the reason of the permanent quarrel between Ukraine and Hungary. Ukraine persecutes the Hungarian minority in the Uzhgorod region – which by the way, was taken away from Hungary by Stalin.

      So, if you are bothered about Stalin’s annexations, you must be very upset about the fact that Ukraine has never returned to their rightful owners northern Bukovina (ripped away by Stalin from Romania), the Uzhgorod region (which must be Hungarian) and several regions stolen by the communist regime from Poland.

      All those lands used to have a very numerous Jewish population. During World War II, Ukrainian nationalists led by Stephan Bandera (now revered as a national hero in Ukraine) exterminated them on the orders of Nazi occupiers who were too squeamish to do this dirty work themselves. The same Banderites massacred a great number of ethnic Polish peasants. The Polish teachers of Lwow University and the small polonised Armenian community of Lwow were also exterminated by them.

      By the way, the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and the region around it were also annexed by Stalin in 1940. The population of the city at that time was mostly Jewish and Polish. There also Nazis and their Lithuanian little helpers exterminated the Jews. Isn’t it high time Lithuania returned this are to Poland?

      • Well I want my family lands and estates in East Prussia the Russians and Poles stole from us by Stalin as well.

  2. The FINAL WAR is to save the banksters and usher in the global Soviet Schwab-SPECTRE New Man utopia while eliminating all major world religions for the god of FAIL known as the state.
    There won’t be any vote or opinion poll on the matter.
    The controllers are all getting into old age and they want the Control Grid Matrix up and running before joining their beloved Satan.
    The WHO will have the global Soviet up when the next plandemic starts, it could get interesting if the distorted lens ideologue true believers release the 100% lethal strain.

    • You are absolutely right.

      Schwab, Soros and the rest of the gang use Ukrainians as cannon fodder in their effort to destroy Russia which is not sufficiently docile to their liking. They do not care two hoots about the welfare or even physical survival of Ukrainians.

  3. By the way, the Gaguz people whose language is very similar to Turkish, are not Muslim. They are traditionally Christian, like Romanians and Russians.

  4. Mark my words: when the war ends and Ukraine is a depopulated field of ruins infested with unexploded ordnance, Zelensky will depart to some cosy little mansion in the Riviera or some other place like that and live there lavishly on the money he will have stolen from his people.

  5. Everybody has an agenda.

    Like all empires, Russia settled Russians in the territories they conquered over their history. As well as Stalin did. And now, years later, they have the guts to tell the world that they are “liberating” Donetsk and Luhansk, where majority of Russians are descendants of those settled there before.
    Why do you think that Moldova, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and many other countries hate Russia with so much passion?

    Stop spewing your [odiferous material] about “Russia are good guys” and “everybody else are bad guys”. Russians are no different than Romans, English, Americans and all other conquering empires this world has seen. You do what conquerors do while they can.

    • Conquer, then settle the land…

      Come to think of it, similar to how Islamists operate?

  6. That region will one way or another get split between Moldavia and Ukraine, neither want Russians between them.

    • It is not the “countries” of Moldova, Ukraine or Latvia that hate Russia with such passion, it is their elites who are paid to hate Russia by the US and international financial institutions. As for the population, it was the US quangos and Soros-sponsored NGOs who have instilled this hatred of Russia in them. They have been conducting anti-Russian propaganda for decades.

      It was the US with the help of certain international institutions and NATO allies that has saddled Ukraine with its present-day ultranationalist Bandera-worshipping regime. Ukraine is neither independent, nor democratic. Its populations has been taken hostage by the US neocons and their sponsors who use it as a battering ram against Russia. The are ready to sacrifice the Ukrainian people to achieve their purpose of enslaving Russia.

      Many Ukrainians hate the guts of Zelensky and his clique, but they are terrorised by violent ultranationalists.

      • I am shocked that Putin hasn’t brought the old testament to bear against Soros and his minions. It doesn’t matter at this point, Ukraine is going to push Russia out of it’s territories and deal with the Russians in the area of Transnistria and either take the area over or split it with Moldova.

      • Been to Ukraine 3 times in past year. In touch with Ukrainians here in Poland (both long-time residents, and new arrivals).

        It used to be said that Poles were “Russophobic” but trust me, that’s nothing compared to Ukrainians. Or Baltics, for that matter.

        If anything, the “elites” ie corrupt oligarchs are regarded as agents of Moscow – ie Medvedchuk.

    • The population of Transnistria does not want to live either under the Moldovan or Ukrainian nationalist regimes subservient to the US. They have had enough of discrimination.

      • Tobi, It won’t matter in the end, Transnistria will be split between the Victors, the Russians be damned.

  7. So who benefits more from these “dronings”?

    Ukraine, who would have another front to deal with, not far from Odessa? Or maybe Russia, who would have a casus belli for another of their “pro-Russian republics” to join the war?

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