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Russia claims movement of 3 military columns in Security Zone had the goal to secure Colbasna munitions deposit

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21 June 2018- The Joint Control Commission could not approve the weekly security report because none could have had been agreed upon by representatives of Russia, Moldova, Tiraspol administration, and Ukraine.

According to Moldova’s Bureau of Reintegration, the main issue of disagreement was attaching the video proof to the report on the movement of three military columns of Russian vehicles (belonging to OGRT).

Three columns of military vehicles were reported to be moving on the Tiraspol-Râbnița road in the Transnistrian region of Moldova in the morning of June 14th.

Some 40 TABs, DRDMs, URALs, ZILs, KAMAZes, and UAZes, accompanied by Transnistrian “police” were spotted on their way to the north of the region- most probably, to the Colbasna military depot.

The delegation of the Russian Federation told the JCC that the military columns had the goal to increase security at the munition deposit in Colbasna (some 21 thousand tons of munitions are still stored there since Soviet times) in the wake of possible “terrorist acts and provocative actions” during the World Cup. Ilya Uvarov, head of the delegation, claimed that the OGRT acted consequently and without prejudice to the peacekeeping mission:

“In regard to increasing the security measures at the deposits in the locality of Colbasna, a decision was taken to, in an urgent manner, increase the guard of this object”, said Uvarov, quoted by Transnistrian press.

The Ukrainian delegation expressed its “deep concern” in regard to the unauthorized movement of the military columns, but also about the fact that the JCC was not informed about risks of terrorist acts. OSCE Mission representatives asked the Russian delegation to ensure the return of the military units at their deployment place.

In an almost quotable statement to NovostiPMR, the Transnistrian representative Oleg Belyakov underlined that the Russian Federation should not be under the control of the peacekeeping mission because it is a “guarantee-state” in the conflict settlement:

“We perfectly know that the Russian Federation is not under the control from the behalf of the peacekeeping operation because it is the guarantee-state in the settlement. The control is solely for the Moldovan and Transnistrian military units, which can appear in the Security Area”, said Belyakov.


Besides the 441 “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.

In 2017 and the start of 2018, experts have seen a significant increase in OGRT’s military activity.

On 22 June 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by a simple majority Moldova’s resolution titled “Complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova”. The resolution calls on the UN Member States to urge the Russian Federation to “complete orderly, unconditionally and without further delay the withdrawal of the Russian Operational Group of Russian Forces” (more commonly known as OGRT or OGRV), in accordance to its commitment agreed at the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit, but also the UN Charter.

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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Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs: There were many delusions that the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria is very easy to resolve

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The head of the Transnistrian diplomatic mission told about what is slowing down the negotiation process.

The First Transnistrian TV channel took an interview from the Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vitaly Ignatiev, who claims that the Transnistrian side is trying to focus on concrete matters, on a specific agenda within the conflict negotiation process.

Ignatiev drew attention to the fact that the position of President Vadim Krasnoselsky, who previously declared that it makes no sense to meet with Moldovan counterparts without a specific agenda, is connected with this.

According to him, over the years of the negotiation formats on the Moldovan-Transnistrian settlement, various visions, plans or approaches that took place, there were many delusions that the conflict was very easy to resolve.

However, the Transnistrian diplomat refuses to recognize Transnistria as part of Moldova.

“We have absolutely legitimate international legal, historical grounds for recognizing the independence of Transnistria. We have a generation of Transnistrians who have not lived a single day in the Soviet Moldova. Any settlement should be based on the will of the people. We rely on the will of the population, which has already determined its fate within referendums,” the minister added.

He stated that Transnistria lives in accordance with its Constitution, and Moldova, in turn, lives within its legislative space.

“There is not a single signal about the eagerness of the Moldovan authorities to deal with these issues seriously, although there are a lot of statements about the issue. Sometimes these statements create an unnecessary background and interfere with the dialogue,” the diplomat concluded.

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Transnistrian president Krasnoselsky: Discussing issues with the Moldovan president is impractical at the moment.

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Recently, the president of Moldova, Igor Dodon has made an announcement that, in December, there is a scheduled meeting with the President of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky.

The event will take place in Bender, writes the Transnistrian news portal novostiprm.com.

However, the according to the separatist press, Krasnoselsky made it clear that there will be no meeting “just for the sake of meeting”, affirming that there are enough unresolved issues and problems on the negotiation agenda.

“A clear agenda is necessary, and I don’t see it the moment. Those 5 + 2 questions format do not correspond to his competences. Furthermore, in principle, discussing these issues with Igor Dodon is impractical. The president of Moldova should have his own agenda,” declared the president of Transnistria.

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The House of Culture of a Transnistrian village has been renovated with European money

After a long time, the inhabitants of the village of Carmanova on the left bank of the Nistru celebrated the patronage of the House of Culture. It’s been built in 1970 and has never been repaired. In the nineties, the heating system was completely damaged. For the first time in 28 years, during the cold season, the holidays will be organized under appropriate conditions. The edifice was connected to the water supply, sewage and is equipped with a modern heating system.

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“The village of Carmanova was founded 200 years ago by Germans, mostly from Germany and France (Alsace), as well as families from Poland and Hungary. The first name of the locality is Neudorf. Renovation of the cultural house in this village is of particular importance to the European Union and the Member States: it is a symbol of the common history with this territory and its locals and proof that this common history continues daily, including through the effort to improve conditions for the local population,” said Fabien Schaeffer, project manager within the European Union Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.

“Due to the constant temperature, paintings, costumes, and other items are kept under proper conditions. We have ten creative teams. We work in kinusayga techniques, “sand art”, and more. Dance, singing, and concerts will take place in comfortable conditions,” declared Natalia Stoian, head of the House of Culture.

The European Union has allocated EUR 150,795 for the renovation of the building. Carmanova House of Culture is one of over 80 infrastructure objects renovated through the European Union-funded “Support to Confidence Building Measures” program implemented by UNDP Moldova – a program which contributes to the consolidation of trust between the inhabitants of both sides of the Dniester River through their involvement in joint projects.

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