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Live news updates: Moscow warns Ukraine ‘will break-up’ if west continues to support Kyiv

The President of Moldova said today (Tuesday) that explosions in the Russian-backed break-in zones are the work of forces seeking to create instability.

Maya Sando’s office made the statement in a statement after the president, who was perceived as a pro-Western figure, held a meeting with her Security Council.

Although the statement found no connection between the explosions and Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, an adviser to the president of Ukraine on Tuesday urged cooperation between the two countries.

Russia seeks to occupy the coastal strip of Ukraine leading to Moldova and the disengaging Transnistrian region.

Sando spoke in the wake of growing fears that two days of explosions in Transnistria, where Russia has more than 1,000 troops, could draw the region to Moscow’s war against Ukraine.

“What is happening in the last 24 hours in the Transnistrian region is an escalation of tensions,” Sando said.

On Monday a rocket grenade was used against the security service headquarters of separatists supported by Russia in Tirpol, the administrative center of Transnistria. On Tuesday there were explosions at a regional military unit and communications towers that were used to broadcast Russian radio.

“The Moldovan authorities are carefully and closely monitoring the events taking place in the territory controlled by the Tyrispol regime,” Sando said.

Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalansky, echoed Sando’s concerns.

“Russia wants to destabilize the Transnistrian region,” he tweeted, adding that the Ukrainian government and the Sendingu government in Chisinau have common interests.

“If Ukraine falls, Russian troops will be at the gates of Chisinau,” he wrote, adding that the countries must work “as a team.”

Sando’s statement said there were “tensions” within Transnistria and forces seeking to “undermine” the situation there.

“This makes the Transnistrian region vulnerable and poses risks to the Republic of Moldova,” she said, adding that it condemns “any challenges and attempts to lure the Republic of Moldova into actions that could jeopardize peace in the country.”

Moldova, which is mainly Romanian-speaking, lost control of Transnistria during a brief war in the early 1990s. The pro-Russian authorities of the territory are supported by the Russian garrison.

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