One of the most unknown ‘frozen conflicts’ of the fall of the Soviet Union is the region of Transdniester on the border of Moldova and Ukraine. 2,500 Russian ‘peace keeping’ troops are stationed there after a bloody civil war in the early 1990s. They guard a decomposing Soviet ammunition dump.
It has been reported that one of the Kremlin’s goals with the Ukrainian ‘special military operation’ is to gain a land bridge to Transdniester itself and provide a way to resupply those troops via land.
Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany, and Russia have called on their citizens to leave Moldova and/or the Transnistria region as soon as possible. This follows an escalation in tensions in Moldova, with several explosions occurring, reports of gunfire, and a general mobilization in Transnistria which is outside of Moldovan control, reported Inkerman.
To reach the breakaway Moldovan region, Putin would have to drive across Western Ukraine and likely cause a much larger number of casualties on both sides.