26 Apr 2022 15:30

Transdniestria's leader puts local security services on high alert

TIRASPOL. April 26 (Interfax) - Leader of Transdniestria Vadim Krasnoselsky has put the unrecognized republic's security services on high alert in light of the threat of terrorist attacks.

"Coronavirus waves roll in, tragic events occur in neighboring states, something which naturally impacts the situation in the republic and the atmosphere in society. Multiple reports about terrorist acts are stirring up the population. At first, there were false reports about bombs allegedly planted at various facilities of social infrastructure. But now it is our reality. We have to adopt restrictive measures - introduce a special regime," Krasnoselsky said on Telegram on Tuesday.

"There will be an appropriate reaction to each challenge," he said.

The region has been put on a "red" terrorism threat alert for 15 days, and decisions have been adopted to cancel this year's May 9 Victory Day Parade, to shift educational establishments in cities to online classes until the end of this academic year, to cancel the final exams at schools, and to lift the simplified rules for crossing the Transdniestrian border that were introduced for the Easter holidays from April 24 to May 4, Krasnoselsky said. Checkpoints will be installed on Transdniestria's border. Vehicles and people entering Transdniestria will be checked randomly during daytime, while there will be blanket checks at the entrance to the republic's populated localities at night.

Krasnoselsky has also put Transdniestria's security services on high alert.

The State Security Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Investigative Committee, and the Prosecutor's Office are probing the terrorist acts, he said, adding that all those guilty will be prosecuted on charges of terrorism and attempted murder.

Antennas rebroadcasting radio signals were damaged by two explosions in Transdniestria early on Tuesday morning. Several explosions occurred in the building of Transdniestria's State Security Ministry the day before. It has been established that a handheld anti-tank grenade launcher was used. No one was injured in the two incidents.

Following the explosions in the Transdniestrian region, Moldovan President Maia Sandu convened a meeting of Moldova's Supreme Security Council.