Video: Drone Strike in Moldova's Breakaway Region of Transnistria

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.17 - 2024 5:51 PM CET

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A drone has struck in Transnistria, the breakaway region of Moldova, causing an explosion at a military facility in eastern Moldova on Sunday afternoon.

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The pro-Russian authorities in Transnistria have reported that the drone was launched from Odessa, Ukraine, according to AFP.

Dubbed a "kamikaze drone," the attack did not result in any reported injuries. Authorities in Transnistria took to social media to announce the incident, stating, "Today, a fire broke out at a military facility in Tiraspol due to an explosion. It was preliminarily determined that the explosion was caused by a kamikaze drone attack."

So far, there has been no comment from either Moscow or Kyiv regarding the incident.

Earlier this year, the pro-Russian region requested protection from Russia in a resolution that was officially adopted. The exact details of the incident remain unclear, and authorities have emphasized that an investigation is underway.

The Foreign Ministry has highlighted that Transnistria is not under the control of Moldovan authorities and advises against non-essential travel to the region.

"Due to the security situation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against non-essential travel to the region of Transnistria," the Ministry stated. It also noted that the Moldovan authorities do not have control over the region, limiting the Swedish embassy's ability to assist in consular matters.

The situation in the breakaway region is considered highly unstable due to the war in Ukraine.

"The development is uncertain, and the security situation can change quickly. Swedes in Moldova should therefore be prepared to change their plans at short notice and check their travel documents and insurance conditions," the Ministry continued, warning that a significantly deteriorated security situation could limit the embassy's ability to provide consular support. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish embassy in Chisinau are closely monitoring the situation.

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