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Transnistria leader Vadim Krasnoselsky complains to EU Delegation about Cuciurgan joint checkpoint

On March 27th, the Regional Director of the European External Action Service, Thomas Mayr-Harting, together with the head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, Pirkka Tapiola, visited the breakaway Transnistria.

The European officials met and discussed with region’s foreign minister Vitaly Ignatiev and so-called president of the Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (PMR) Vadim Krasnoselsky.

According to the press-release of Transnistria’s foreign ministry, Mayr-Harting and Tapiola were informed about the opposition of PMR towards the opening of the joint checkpoint “Cuciurgan-Pervomaisk” by Ukraine and Moldova. Minister Ignatiev complained that the joint control, tangent to Transnistria’s border, does not have any advantages in terms of economy or freedom of movement. Ignatiev would have said the joint control as only bringing negative consequences or even issues of security in form of an escalation of tension. Moreover, all the EU foreign ministries, including EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, would have received complaints about the organization of joint control by Moldova and Ukraine.

At another meeting, the European diplomats had to encounter a similar complaint from the separatist leader Vadim Krasnoselsky. He reportedly expressed his regret that the question of the Cuciurgan checkpoint could not be included in the 5+2 dialogue format at the request of one party- Transnistria.

On March 28th, the issue of Cuciurgan checkpoint was also discussed between the economic working groups of Chișinău and Tiraspol authorities. The Transnistrians repeated their call against the joint checkpoint at the border with Ukraine, asking for alternative solutions to avoid risks.

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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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