Explosions heard in breakaway Moldovan state bordering Ukraine
FEARS rose of a Russian ruse to spark a war in another European state last night after explosions were heard in a Moldovan breakaway state bordering Ukraine.
Grenades were fired at a state building in capital Tiraspol in Transnistria – a pro-Russian breakaway region of Moldova.
But analysts fear the incident could be another “false flag” allowing Kremlin spin chiefs to claim Russian speakers are under threat – and need protection.
Around 1,000 Russian troops are already stationed in Transnistria on Ukraine’s south western border, which has remained a satellite state since Soviet times
But a bolstered Russian force could threaten the rest of Moldova – and join up with forces battling to grab the entire southern coast of Ukraine.
Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene of the grenade attack, reported yesterday by Russian state mouthpiece TASS.
No one was thought the have been seriously hurt.
Unverified pictures showed broken windows in the state building and two grenade launchers said to have been used in the attack.
Deputy of the Russian-backed Supreme Council Andrey Safonov said: “The shelling of the building by a grenade launcher is an attempt to sow panic and fear.”
The attack mirrors a string of incidents in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, which led Vladimir Putin to invade to halt fabricated “genocide”.