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Bridge over Nistru river to be opened until end of November

On 3 November, the political representatives of the Republic of Moldova and the Transnistrian administration signed the agreement on the opening of the bridge connecting Gura Bîcului and Bîcioc over Nistru river. The approximate date of opening is said to be 20 November 2017.

The important bridge, located on the M14 international route, is expected to be opened until the end of November for free movement of people, vehicles, and goods from both banks of Nistru river. The signatories of the so-called protocol, Moldova Reintegration Minister, Gheorghe Bălan, and the Transnistrian “foreign minister”, Vitaly Ignatiev, also agreed to undertake necessary measures, with the help of international experts, to evaluate the technical state of the bridge and the potential reparation costs. The protocol states that the involved parties would ask other participants of the 5+2 format to financially support the renovation of the bridge and the related M14 route, including on Ukraine’s territory.

The parties committed to not use Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge for military goals and offered the Joint Control Commission the authority to open the bridge.

The head of the OSCE Mission, Michael Scanlan, called the day “historic” and expressed confidence that additional agreements would be reached in the next months.

Signing of the agreement to open the Gura-Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge by Moldova Reintegration Minister Gheorghe Balan, OSCE Mission Head Michael Scanlan, Transnistrian foreign minister Vitaly Ignatiev, 3 November 2017

The Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge over Nistru river was blown up by the Transnistrian separatist forces in 1992, then reconstructed in 2000 with the European financial support, but could not be inaugurated due to political misunderstandings between Chișinău and Tiraspol.

Full text of the agreement in Russian:

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A military helicopter has collapsed in the Transnistrian region

An MI-8 helicopter of the so-called Transdniestrian Air Force has suffered an accident on the territory of the Tiraspol airfield. The accident occurred on September 20, and three people were on board. The helicopter is totally destroyed, and nothing about the fate of passengers is known, says Runway08, a blog about aviation.

On the other hand, in a press release published on the site of the so-called Defense Ministry of the separatist republic, the incident is confirmed, but it is said that the helicopter suffered little mechanical damage, and those on board ended up with light injuries.

According to the separatist authorities, in order to determine the circumstances in which this accident has occurred, an investigation was initiated.

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Russia urged by ECHR to pay 53.000 EUR for the mother of a young man killed in a paramilitary unit in Transnistria

On September 18, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling finding that the Russian Federation had violated art. 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to life after a young man was forcedly assassinated and killed in an illegal paramilitary unit in the Transnistrian region.

Young people who refuse to serve the illegal regime of the so-called “Transnistrian Army” are hunted down and persecuted by the administration of the region, and the Moldovan authorities are indifferent to this problem, which has been repeated for more than 25 years.

According to a Promo-LEX Report, young people who avoid enlisting in the so-called “Transnistrian army” are fined up to 1,700 EUR or get up to 2 years in prison. In the history of Moldova, there is no sentence of condemnation for the forced enlistment of young people in the Transnistrian region.

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Photograph: Anton Polyakov

NB: The armed forces in the Transnistrian region have about 5.000 people (the national army of Moldova has a staff of about 6.000 people), distributed in 4 infantry brigades (Ribnita, Dubasari, Tiraspol and Bender); a special brigade; Battalion of tanks, equipped with 20 fighting machines; 18 missile launch systems of the “Grad” type and less than a 100 pieces of artillery.

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500 military students, including minors, trained by Transnistrian soldiers in the Security Zone

During the hearing of the Moldovan Joint Control Commission (September 13) on the Situation in the Security Zone, the Moldovan delegation called for explanations regarding the military actions organized on 7-9 September by the military structures of Tiraspol near the Mereneşti locality, in the southern sector of the Security Zone.

About 500 military students, including minors: Cadets and Suvorovists who, under the guidance of the Transnistrian soldiers, attended a training course with the use of military equipment. Such incidents occurred simultaneously at the bridges over the river Nistru Gura Bâcului – Baciuc and Rezina – Ribnita.

These are some of the many waves of abuse committed by Tiraspol, that violate the right to free movement in the Security Zone and prove the importance of ensuring security and free movement in the Security Zone by the peacekeeping contingent jointly with Police and the so-called Russian “militia”.

Discussions on the subject will be continued at the next JCC meeting scheduled for 20 September 2018.

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