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Drone hits base in Moldova’s pro-Russia separatist region, no victims: officials

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Pro-Russian separatists in Moldova claimed Friday that an explosive drone hit a military base, without causing injuries or major damage, three weeks after a similar incident.

“Today at 1435 GMT, a kamikaze drone attacked a military base of the ministry of defence of the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic in the district of Rybnitsa, six kilometres from the Ukraine border,” the ministry for state security in the self-declared breakaway region said in a communique.

“The target was a radar station that suffered minor damage. A group of investigators is on-site,” it added, without directly blaming Ukraine.

On March 17, Transnistria claimed that a drone fired from Ukraine hit a military base in its capital Tiraspol, accusations that Moldova denounced as an attempt to provoke panic.

Meanwhile, Ukraine had accused Russia of being behind the attack with the aim of destabilising Moldova.

Russia has since the 1990s supported the breakaway region, which is largely Russian speaking, unlike the rest of Moldova where Romanian is the main language.

Russia frequently accuses Moldova and Ukraine of planning attacks on Transnistria, whose leaders in February asked for protection against what they said was “rising pressure” from Moldova.

Transnistria borders the Ukrainian region of Odesa, which Russian forces failed to occupy in the early months of their offensive in Ukraine.

Transnistria, a thin swathe of land between Moldova and Ukraine, broke away from Moldova in 1992 after a brief conflict. Russia still has 1,500 soldiers based there, according to official figures, which it says are part of a peace-keeping mission.

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