Ukraine war: Fears grow that Russia will target former Soviet state of Moldova next


As the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on, citizens of Moldova face an increased state of anxiety, as they wonder whether the small, eastern European country of about 2.6 million is the next to come into Moscow’s crosshairs. At the same time, Europe’s poorest state is host to the largest number of Ukrainian refugees per capita, with more than 300,000 people having crossed over the border into Moldova since the war broke out on 24 February. The fears are tied to possible troop movements in the Transnistrian separatist region on the left bank of the Dniester River, and Russia's attack against the city of Odesa in southern Ukraine -- just 60 kilometres from the nearest Moldovan border town, Palanca.

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