Moldova, like Ukraine, is a former Soviet republic. The country also, like Ukraine, has a pro-Russia breakaway region. This is Transnistria. This region, the size of Nord Holland, is in fact virtually independent, but it is not recognized by anyone. Transnistria on the border of Ukraine. An unknown number of Russian military personnel are stationed in the area, much to the chagrin of the Moldovan government. Ukraine said last week that Russian military personnel in Transnistria may be involved in an attack on Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday via the Interfax news agency that its soldiers are conducting “anti-terror exercises” in Transnistria.
Since Putin’s military action in Ukraine, many people in Kiev have taken refuge in metro stations. Others choose to escape the city by bus or train.
After the air raid sirens went off, images surfaced of motorists in a traffic jam trying to flee the city. Many people left for air raid shelters and metro stations. Other photos show people praying in groups on the street.
He will also be busy at the ATM to withdraw cash.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausida asked parliament to declare a state of emergency in the country. Thus, he is responding to the Russian invasion of friendly Ukraine. Lithuania, along with other Baltic states and Poland, invoked Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which states that member states will consult if one of them feels it is threatened by its “territorial integrity, political independence or security”. The ambassadors of NATO countries met in an emergency meeting Thursday morning.
“Only a united and strong response from the democratic West can stop Russia,” Nosida said on Twitter. He said the future of all of Europe could depend on “how we react in the coming hours and days”. Nauseda says the attack on Ukraine “endangers millions of innocent people and undermines the foundations of the international order.”
Lithuania does not directly border Russia, but it is bordered by the Russian stronghold of Kaliningrad.
Queues at gas stations
A family hides in the Kiev metro after the air raid sirens sounded.
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