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Operative Group of Russian Troops in Transnistria had skiing competitions. At above 0°C temperatures, with no snow?

Source: structure.mil.ru

The Operative Group of Russian Troops illegally stationing in the Transnistrian region of Moldova reportedly had skiing competitions for the Russian soldiers and their families.

A press release of the Russian Ministry of Defense dating to 2 January 2018 reports that over 50 families of the Russian military participated and around 1000 people attended the competition. The event included races, as well as sports quizzes.

The main stage of the competition included a ski race for 2000 meters, divided into 3 parts. The men had to ski for 1200 meters, the women for 600 meters, while the children only for 200 meters. Three families won the competitions, but all of them received prizes and souvenirs with the symbols of the Russian Defense Ministry.

It’s still hard to imagine skiing in Transnistria at the current moment: this year, the winter in the region has been mild, with almost no snow, and temperatures over 3°C almost all the time. Moldova.org can confirm this from Chișinău, which is 60km from Tiraspol, that there is snow and that everyone is rather diving in the spring mud.

According to the weather data, it hasn’t snowed in Tiraspol since 22 December 2017. Moreover, the snow must have melt until now because of the unusually high temperatures for this period of the year:

28 December 2017- 3 January 2018

23 December 2017-28 December 2017

20 December 2017- 26 December 2017, the only period with light snow and negative temperature

So how did the Russian soldiers ski? In the mud?

Note: Besides the 402 so-called peacekeepers, Russia holds the Operative Group of the Russian Forces in the Transnistrian region of Moldova containing approximately 1200 regular soldiers, mainly recruited among locals. The Group is the new shape of the former 14th Guards Army of the Soviet Union that is illegally stationed in Transnistria after the collapse of SU. The Group and the Peacekeeping Mission are strongly interconnected through the rotation of troops between them and both contain local Transnistrian men with Russian passports, despite their neutrality claims.

The Republic of Moldova addressed the United Nations with the request to include the issue of the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping forces from Transnistria to the agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. In a letter from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the UN, Victor Moraru stated that the presence of Russian troops “constitutes a danger to the maintenance of international peace and security.” The subject was due to be discussed in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on 23 October but then was delayed by the Moldovan Representative to the UN.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy. Inquiries at [email protected]

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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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Dodon refuses to admit that “Crimea belongs to Ukraine”

After being invited to the “Puterea a patra (tr. Fourth Power)” show on N4 television, Dodon refused to firmly answer the moderator’s questions regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“In the 27 years of independence of the Republic of Moldova, the leadership of our country recognized the territorial integrity of the neighboring state, and nothing has changed”, declared Dodon.

At the insistence of the moderator, who asked “Which country should Crimea belong to?”, Dodon refused to answer, saying only that “it has already been exposed”.

A similar situation happened in October 2016, during the RTR-Moldova electoral debates, where, asked the same question, Igor Dodon answered that “Crimea belongs to the Russian Federation”, after which refused to unveil the subject.

Reminder: In late August, at a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian diplomatic corps, President Poroshenko said he accepts a talk only if Igor Dodon supports the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.

Source: Deschide.MD

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