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Transnistrian authorities report new drone strike on military facility

The target was a radar station, which was slightly damaged

KISHINEV, April 5. /TASS/. The Ministry of State Security of unrecognized Transnistria has reported a new drone strike on a military unit in the Rybnitsa district.

"At 2:35 p.m. Moscow time (11:35 a.m. GMT) a kamikaze drone attacked a military unit of Transnistria’s Defense Ministry in the Rybnitsa district, six kilometers away from the Transnistrian-Ukrainian border. The target was a radar station, which was slightly damaged. There were no casualties," the statement reads. "A team of operatives and investigators is working at the site. Criminal proceedings have been launched."

In March, a drone hit a Mi-8MT transport helicopter of the Transnistrian armed forces at a military airfield north of Tiraspol, near the border with Ukraine. The Transnistrian Foreign Ministry slammed the attack as an act of terrorism and asked the mediators in the talks between Tiraspol and Chisinau - the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine - for helping with the investigation. The Moldovan authorities declined the proposal to join the probe.

Last April, a series of terrorist attacks took place in Transnistria. They began with an attack with rocket-propelled grenades at the building of the Ministry of State Security. The antennas of one of the region's largest radio and television centers in the village of Mayak were blown up. Military airfields near Tiraspol and Rybnitsa, as well as the location of the Transnistrian peacekeeping contingent and the territory of the arsenal near the village of Kolbasna, where about 20,000 tons of ammunition is stored, were also attacked. No one was injured.

Transnistria’s President Vadim Krasnoselsky said at the time that the acts of sabotage were organized from the territory of Ukraine and also accused Moldovan secret services of involvement. The maximum terrorist threat alert was introduced in Transnistria. On May 25, last year it was lowered from red to yellow and is still in effect.