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Budanov: Transnistria is not a big threat to Ukraine

Is Transnistria a threat to Ukraine. Photo: Oleksiy Kravtsov/UNIAN

Is Transnistria a threat to Ukraine. Photo: Oleksiy Kravtsov/UNIAN

Unrecognized Transnistria is a huge 'military' problem for Russia. The breakaway territory is under Russia's control, but the aggressor has no approach to it now. This was stated by the Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, in an interview for NV media.

The Chief of the Ukrainian intelligence noted that "no matter what they (Russian officials) scream over there, they can't do any serious harm." He said that Russia has about 1,300 soldiers in Transnistria – and that is all the official military force the aggressor possesses in the region. Most of the troops guard the warehouses in Cobasna village, the others are in Mayak village, watching the radio center; some are located in Tiraspol.

Therefore, according to Budanov, Transnistria is "not a big threat" to Ukraine. However, it destabilizes the whole region of Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Transnistrian Moldavian Republic is an unrecognized state in Eastern Europe. Stretching mainly along the left bank of Dniester River, it includes the city of Bender on the right bank. It borders Moldova and Ukraine with no access to the sea.

Russia occupied the territory of Transnistria 30 years ago. Every year, the Russian troops undergo military training there.

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