Two Molotov cocktails targeted in Moldova

Two Molotov cocktails targeted in Moldova

An oil depot and a conscription center was targeted in Transnistria.

On Friday, law enforcement in a breakaway region of Moldova reported two separate attacks in its capital. Transnistria s interior ministry said Molotov cocktails were thrown at an oil depot and conscription center, but did not cause any significant damage.

The attacks happened 30 minutes apart in the middle of the night, the ministry said. In one of the incidents, an individual drove to an oil storage facility in Tiraspol and threw a firebomb at the building before speeding away.

The perpetrator of the second attack was not identified, but they tossed two incendiary projectiles at a military site in the self-proclaimed republic. The report said that night guards quickly extinguished the flames in both cases.

Since the launch of Russia's military operation against Ukraine in February, Transnistria has been hit with a series of attempted sabotage involving drone-delivered explosives. They have targeted key civilian and military infrastructure. The Moscow-aligned leadership of the entity declared a state of emergency due to what it described as a terrorist threat.

Transnistria, which borders Ukraine's western Odessa region, declared its independence from Moldova in 1990 after Chisinau split from the Soviet Union. Two years later, the tensions between Moldova and Transnistria escalated into a five-month long-armed conflict.

Transnistria has a contingent of Russian peacekeepers and seeks closer ties with Moscow, using the Russian national flag as a state symbol on par with its own flag. Ukrainian military officials have repeatedly claimed that one of Russia's primary military goals in Ukraine was to secure a route to the landlocked Moldavian region. Tiraspol said it had no intentions of getting involved in the hostilities in Ukraine as a result of the drone attacks.

Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive is unprovoked and has denied that it plans to retake the two republics by force.