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Russia wages hybrid war against Moldova

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In Moldova, the hybrid war unleashed by the Russian authorities is in full swing. Russia has not abandoned its intentions, it has changed its tactics, states the Minister of Internal Affairs of Moldova Adrian Efros.

"We are in a state of full-scale hybrid war. And it has intensified since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian troops are holding back the offensive, so the Russian Federation has changed its tactics but has not abandoned its intentions to get Moldova. We see attempts to destabilize the situation in the country, illegal financing of various parties, attempts to buy the electorate by various methods," the minister said.

At the same time, Efros emphasized that Moldova is not currently facing a military invasion.

"There are no signs of a military threat. Yes, there are attempts to interfere in our internal affairs, but society must remain calm and trust the authorities that ensure public order," he added.

The minister emphasized that statements about Chisinau's inability to cope with the crisis can also be attributed to elements of hybrid warfare.

"This is an attempt to demonstrate the government's inability to cope with the crisis. But this is a lie, we have the situation under control," he emphasized.

Situation in Transnistria

On March 17, the media in the Moscow-controlled Transnistrian region of Moldova reported an alleged "attack" on a military unit, but Chisinau denied the attack. Thus, the Moldovan authorities stated that there was no attack and that these reports were an attempt to create fear and panic.

In a comment to RBC-Ukraine, a representative of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Andriy Yusov, said that this was a Russian provocation.

In addition, the Center for Countering Disinformation reported that Russia itself carried out a provocation in Transnistria with an attack on a military unit with a kamikaze drone. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) stated that the drone attack in Transnistria was an attempt by Russia to destabilize the situation in Moldova.

It was also reported that on March 17, in the Moldovan capital Chisinau, a 54-year-old man threw two Molotov cocktails at the Russian Embassy, where a polling station was opened to "re-elect" dictator Vladimir Putin.

Earlier it was reported that Russia printed ballots for the "presidential election" in Transnistria. In response, Moldova summoned the Russian ambassador for explanations.