Disinfo: The West and Kyiv may start provocations against Transnistria


The situation [in Transnistria] is turbulent, it is provoked from outside.

[...] Kyiv and the European countries are capable of various kinds of provocations.

[...] Kyiv [is] preparing an armed provocation against Transnistria. As a pretext for invading, [...] Kyiv is planning to stage an alleged offensive of the Russian troops from the territory of Transnistria.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing the West of plotting against Transnistria, aiming to portray Ukraine as an aggressor state.

Moldova has dismissed Russian claims of an alleged Ukrainian plot to invade a breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria after staging a false-flag operation.

“We call for calm and for information to be received [by the public] from official and credible sources of the Republic of Moldova,” the government said in a statement. It also called it a part of Russian 'psy-ops" against Moldova.

Previously, on February 13, 2023 Moldovan president Maia Sandu stated that the Moldovan government believes Russia has plans to destabilise the internal situation in Moldova in order to topple the democratically elected government.

“The plan for the next period involves actions with the involvement of diversionists with military training, camouflaged in civilian clothes, who will undertake violent actions, attack some state buildings, and even take hostages,” Sandu told reporters at a briefing.

Transnistria is de-facto controlled by Russia since 1992, the ECHR ruled. Russia has violated human rights and the right to freedom and security in Transnistria.

In her interview, published on 22 January 2022, President of Moldova, Maia Sandu said: "Of course, it is an important task for us to find a solution (on Transnistria). But this solution must be peaceful, diplomatic. It must be a solution that respects the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova. And reintegration must result in a functional state. These three elements are extremely important”.

Read similar cases claiming that the West is pushing Chisinau to attack Transnistria, that Transnistria is Russian, or that Moldova is preparing for a new war against Transnistria.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2023
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Transnistria, Provocation, Military, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, Dmitry Peskov, false flag, Maia Sandu
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Conspiracy theory not backed by any evidence, part of a wider disinformation campaign aiming to fill the information space to portray the West as responsible for the Nord Stream sabotage.

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