Explainer: What does the Trans-Dniester have to do with the war in Ukraine? | dad

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Among the sites of “frozen conflicts” in the former Soviet Union, the long and narrow strip of land in Moldova has been the most stable in three decades. The Trans-Dniester has not seen fighting since the end of the separatist war in 1992.

But the explosions in the past two days have raised fears that Russia’s war in Ukraine may extend there. About 1,500 Russian soldiers are already stationed in the Trans-Dniester. An outbreak of hostilities again would pose a serious challenge to Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries.

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