The Moldovan Bureau of Reintegration expressed its concern in regard to the unauthorized movement of these military units within the presumably demilitarized Security Zone. Chișinău declared that it found “unjustified” application of “peacekeeping forces” symbols on the vehicles, most of which belong to the Operative Group of Russian Troops, illegally stationed in Moldova.
The topic was addressed by the Moldovan delegation at the weekly meeting of the Joint Control Commission. Chișinău representatives asked Tiraspol administration and the Russian delegates to explain the situation. While the separatist delegates claimed that Transnistrian “force structures” were not involved at all, the Russian reps promised to document the incident more and come with a reaction later.
Moldova’s Bureau of Reintegration declares that the 4th article- the neutrality of the Russian army dislocated in the region-, of the 1992 Moldo-Russian Agreement on Transnistrian conflict settlement was violated, as well as the JCC provisions on preliminary informing on any movement of non-peacekeeping contingents.
Chișinău asked the OSCE Mission in Moldova to inform the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre in Viena about the incident, in order to impose proper measures of preventing “such unilateral and provocative acts” in the Security Zone.
Neither Tiraspol nor Moscow has come with a full position on whose military columns were moving on the Tiraspol-Râbnița road on 14 June.
Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has expressed “concern about the actions of the Russian Federation regarding the violation of the regime of the Transdniestrian conflict security zone, in particular the unauthorized movement of military equipment and weapons of the operational group of Russian troops in the Transdniestrian region of the Republic of Moldova on June 14, 2018 escorted by so-called “law enforcement agencies” of unrecognized republic”, reports Kyiv Post.
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.
http://www.moldova.org/en/chisinau-comp ... rity-zone/