Ukraine Threatens Transnistria
Vladislav GULEVICH | 10.08.2014 | OPINION

Ukraine Threatens Transnistria

The ongoing war in Donbass is not enough for the Ukrainian government. They start to target (or to be more exact – they are made do so) the neighbors. Dmytro Tymchuk, a blogger  singing to the junta’s tune, points his finger at the territory to be destabilized next - the  TransnistrianMoldovan Republic (Transnistria, also called Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria). According to him, Russia uses this territory for aggression against Ukraine. He believes the Republic is a springboard for attacking his country. So in future Ukraine should do its best to help Moldova restore its control over it.  

Long before Euromaidan the ultra-nationalists from Svoboda Party had threaten to ukranize Transnistria and even had sent their emissaries there.  In February, Dmitry Yarosh, the leader of the far-right Right Sector organization, addressed the Ukrainians who make up 30 percent of Transnistrian population and promised to change their status in the Republic. In May-June Tymchuk was one of those who used Internet to spread around stories about “Transnistrian saboteurs” who coordinated (!) the burning of civilians in the Odessa Trade Unions House. A bit later Kiev started to talk about the threat of invasion from Transnistria.

On August 4 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation issued a comment on the situation in and around Transnistria and the prospects for peaceful solution to the conflict. Moscow follows with concern the developments in the region and warns that Moldova’s and Ukraine’s recent actions may further aggravate tensions. For instance, Chisinau and Kiev are coordinating efforts to toughen economic blockade and cut Transnistria off from transport routes. They try to press Tiraspol into making concessions at the talks while changing its foreign-policy priorities. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expresses concern over the calls to withdraw the Russian military force from Transnistria or change its present status of the peacekeeper. The voices are raised calling for denunciation of the relevant Russian-Ukrainian agreements. Inventions about alleged deliveries of weapons from Transnistria to the conflict zone in the eastern part of Ukraine are spread around by some media outlets.  “As we earlier warned our partners in the negotiating process - representatives of Ukraine and the OSCE, as well as observers from the USA and the European Union - today all the said actions, which are destructive for trust between the parties, may lead to a stalemate in the negotiating process. Chisinau and Kiev should realize their direct responsibility for the possible negative consequences of the steps they are taking to destabilize the situation”, the statement says. 

There are forces in Kiev who would like to do away with the “hostile territory” and look askance at the Russian 400 strong peacekeeping mission and the 1000 strong operational group deployed there. The presence of these  men in uniform have allowed Transnistria to live in peace for already 22 years while neither Kiev, nor Chisinau are able to guarantee peace, law and order in their countries.

Kiev had seen no threat from self-governed Transnistria.  The attitude is different now. The Transnistrian Moldovan Republic inspires the self-defense forces of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics making them more adamant on the way of fighting back the attacks of Nazi regime in Kiev.  

The forces that grabbed power in Kiev have been trying to make Ukraine turn to the West for more than 20 years. Since long ago they have also been making attempts to make Transnistria change its course. Back in the days of the 2004 Maidan President Yushenko tried to isolate Transnistria from transport routes. Now something more serious is being cooked up. According to media reports, the formations of Ukrainian nationalists have already appeared at the Ukraine - Transnistria border.  Actually Ukraine should be grateful to Transnistria. In 1992 it saved Ukraine by standing up to Romanian aggressors cherishing the dream of restoring Great Romania. At the time the Soviet Union collapsed they wanted Romania to grab Moldova, Transnistria and Bukovina along with the Odessa region.  Transnistria stopped them on the way.

The Kiev statements about the Moldovan territorial integrity are tantamount to the recognition of the Great Romania’s right to exist making some parts of Ukraine its territory.  The contemporary Moldova is a state which pays homage to Romanian fascists   and their role in history, for instance, Marshall Ion Antonescu, the Hitler’s ally, who is seen as a national hero. In June of 1941 fascist Germany attacked the Soviet Union.  Antonescu had been made aware of the plan by German envoys, and supported it enthusiastically even before Hitler extended Romania an offer to participate. The Romanian force formed a General AntonescuArmy Group under the effective command of German General  Eugen Ritter von Schobert.  The Romania's campaign on the Eastern Front began without a formal declaration of war, and was consecrated by Antonescu's statement: "Soldiers, I order you, cross the Prut River" (in reference to the Bessarabian border between Romania and post-1940 Soviet territory).  Romanians have been trying to cross Prut all these years. They are striving to do it nowadays, but Transnistria is the pain in the neck.  At last they have an ally ready to help them implement the old plans of Antonescu. It’s Ukraine, the country turned to be a vassal state.

The readiness of Kiev to play up to Bucharest and help it implement the Great Romania project is also explained by its desire to allow NATO expand to the east and deeper into Eurasia.  Ukrainian politicians should realize before it’s too late that this policy is seen as a direct threat by Tiraspol, Minsk and in Moscow. The attempts to implement these goals won’t make peaceful and quite neither Ukraine, nor Moldova. To the contrary they will be turned into the   front line of a new geopolitical stand-off that will be even tougher than what we have witnessed before.

Tags: Moldova   Ukraine 

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