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Russian troops massing on Moldovan border, says Ukraine army

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Ukraine’s military said on Saturday that Russian troops were massing in the breakaway Transnistria enclave in Moldova and mobilising for a possible attack that would open another front in the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that it believed that troops based in the Russian-occupied, self-declared republic, which borders south-western Ukraine and is near the third-largest city of Odesa, were preparing to carry out “provocations” along the border.

“We have noted the redeployment of Russian troops and divisions of the so-called Transnistrian-Moldovan republic to demonstrate readiness for an attack and, possibly, military actions against Ukraine,” the military said in a regular update on its operations published early on Saturday. Ukrainian and Russian claims about military actions cannot be independently verified.

The remarks were made at the end of a week in which Russia pulled back forces from around the capital Kyiv after failing to breach Ukrainian defences. Ukrainian officials said Russia was refocusing its offensive on the Donbas region, where it supported a separatist uprising in two breakaway “republics” in 2014, the second city Kharkiv, and other areas in the country’s east.

“In the east of our country, the situation is becoming very difficult,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech published overnight on Friday. “They are preparing for new, powerful strikes. We are preparing for an even more active defence.” 

Russia confirmed this week that it was reducing military activity near Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv to focus its efforts on taking control of the Donbas.

On Friday officials in the Russian city of Belgorod, near the border, blamed Ukraine for an explosion at a fuel depot that caused a fire. Kyiv neither confirmed nor denied the strike on Russian territory.

Britain’s military intelligence said that the attack would “add additional short-term strain to Russia’s already…

2022-04-02 04:20:08

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