CHISINAU, November 21./TASS/. A monument in memory of the Russian peacekeepers who stopped the armed conflict of 1992 will be built in Transnistria.
The initiative to set up a memorial plaque in Pokrovsky Park in memory of the fallen and in honor of the living peacekeepers led by then 14th army commander Alexander Lebed "was supported unanimously," at a meeting of the Tiraspol city council on Monday.
The monument will be built in a park in Tiraspol, the capital of unrecognized Transnistria, to glorify the peacekeepers "who honorably discharged their military duty on the banks of the Dniester in the summer of 1992". Earlier reports said it would consist of memorial slabs with the names of 27 perished peacekeepers.
In the summer of 1992, fighting broke out on the left bank of the Dniester between armed units from Moldova and Transnistria, which claimed the lives of over 600 people. In total, more than 1,000 people died in the conflict, and tens of thousands more were injured and became refugees.
The fratricidal war was stopped after Moscow intervened with an agreement on a peaceful settlement of the conflict signed in Moscow in July of the same year. Russian peacekeepers were introduced into the zone of hostilities. Today, they maintain peace on the Dniester River, along with peacekeepers from Moldova and Transnistria. Not a single outbreak of violence has been registered there since, allowing Chisinau and Tiraspol to negotiate peace.