Thursday, January 8, 2015
Transnistria as a security risk.
Transnistria, led by President Yevgeny Shevchuk, came to prominence following a military conflict with Moldova in 1992 and has been a de facto Russian dependency ever since. The small area of land along the Dniester river is currently largely peaceful. Its self-proclaimed status is unrecognised by the international community. Its position between Moldova and Ukraine, especially its proximity to Odesa, makes it a possible bridgehead for a Russia-led security operation in support of the Donetsk and Luhansk rebel 'republics' and potentially Crimea.