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Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge over Nistru river opened for vehicles

On November 18th, the Prime-Minister of Moldova, Pavel Filip, and the leader of the separatist Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselski, together inaugurate the bridge over Nistru river that links Gura Bîcului and Bîcioc villages. The bridge is now accessible only for traffic of light vehicles: the trucks will be reportedly allowed after one month when the experts evaluate the technical state of the construction in use. The important bridge is located on the M14 international route and the 9th European corridor, which connects Chișinău and Odessa, Chișinău and Tiraspol in the shortest way.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the representatives of the 5+2 negotiation format: the head of the OSCE mission, the ambassador of the Russian Federation, the ambassador of Ukraine, the head of the EU Delegation, the US Ambassador and the Special Representative of the OSCE Austrian Chairmanship.

Prime-Minister Filip underlined that the opening of this bridge is a step undertaken by the Government towards the realization of free movement of citizens, goods, and services between the two banks of Nistru:

“Apart from being a symbol of linkage, being an achievement of ours towards the elimination of barriers in the way of free movement of transport and services, the opening of the bridge brings economic improvement too. The circulation of goods means infrastructure development too, means economic movement”, says Filip.

In his turn, the separatist president Krasnoselsky agreed that the bridge makes economic development possible due to its important location:

“This bridge unites the left and right bank, united the economic logistics, this is a transportation major route, so its opening is very good”, declared the leader of the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic.

However, Krasnoselsky did not mention the principle of free movement of people and goods between the two banks. The Transnistrian authorities apparently already activated a customs control checkpoint in Bîcioc which will most probably obstruct the free movement. Krasnoselsky himself with his prime-minister Alexandr Martynov visited the checkpoint after the inauguration of the bridge:

Source: novostipmr.com

In the corresponding protocol, Chișinău and Tiraspol committed to not use Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge for military goals and offered the Joint Control Commission the authority to open the bridge.

Light traffic on the newly opened bridge, Source: Promo-LEX

The opening of the bridge is thought to be a good event in the relations between Chișinău and Tiraspol before the new round of 5+2 negotiations which are expected to be held in Vienna during 27-28 November.

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 (30 million lei), but could not be inaugurated due to political misunderstandings between Chișinău and Tiraspol.

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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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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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