Moldova on Putin’s list to invade as Zelenskyy warns of further attacks


A senior Russian general has revealed how “Ukraine [is] only the beginning of the invasion.

A Russian general has since revealed that the Kremlin’s next military target is Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe.

Moldova is a former Soviet republic and borders Ukraine and has just over 2.6 million inhabitants.

Russian troops are reportedly already present in a separatist region of the country called Transnistria.

The next country to be targeted by Russian forces is Moldova. Credit: Alamy

The revelation follows a series of missile attacks on a port city in Ukraine called Odessa. The border of Moldova is only 55 km from Odessa.

Moldova also borders Romania – a country that is part of the European Union (EU) – as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

It also comes after an announcement was made by the Russian Ministry of Defense regarding its four main objectives in the next phase of the invasion, from “taking Donbass”, to “creating a land corridor from there to Crimea “, and “block Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

There have been a series of missile attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, located near Maldova.  Credit: Alamy
There have been a series of missile attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, located near Maldova. Credit: Alamy

The Kremlin’s fourth objective was to take “control of southern Ukraine and [create] an exit towards Transnistria”.

However, Russia should not attack Moldova until it takes control of all of Ukraine.

A pro-Kremlin commentator said Putin’s main goal remains “the gradual dismantling and gradual reformatting of [Ukraine]’.

While it was previously believed that Russia had first attacked Ukraine to gain control of the eastern Donbass region and form a corridor to Crimea, on Friday April 22, the acting commander of the Central Military District of Russia, Rustam Minnekaev, explained that the army was trying to take control of both the east and the south. Ukraine.

Russia has accused Moldova of oppressing people in Transnistria.  Credit: Alamy
Russia has accused Moldova of oppressing people in Transnistria. Credit: Alamy
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“The control of southern Ukraine is another exit door to Transnistria, where there are oppressive cases for Russian speakers,” he said.

Moscow has armed and supported pro-Russian separatists and there are several thousand troops stationed in the region.

Moldova has denied Minnekaev’s claims that it oppresses Russian speakers in Transnistria.

“Such statements lead to increased tension and mistrust,” the country’s office for reintegration policies said.

The Moldovan Foreign Ministry has expressed its “deep concern” that it could potentially be Russia’s next target.

It said: “[We] consider these statements to be unfounded and contradicting Russia’s position in favor of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country within internationally recognized borders. »

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