Head of Moldova intelligence says risk of Russian invasion next year seen as “high”


Russia may invade Molvoda in early 2023, while the decision will rest on whether Russia seals gains in Ukraine.

This was stated by the head of the Information and Security Service of Moldova (SIB) Alexandru Musteață, Ukrinform reports with reference to NewsMaker.

Musteață said in an interview with TVR Moldova that the security agency is studying various versions of developments, among which there is a possibility that Russian troops will try to capture the north of Ukraine, and if successful, advance to Moldova.

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“The question is not whether the Russian Federation will launch a new offensive toward the Moldovan territory, but when it will happen: early next year, January or February, or later, in March or April. But judging by the information we have, Russia can go farther to create a corridor with the Transnistrian region, which is the territory of Moldova. Then it will be possible to say with clarity that yes, they are going to advance here to connect (the territory – ed.). We can discuss what will happen after that, what their intentions are for Chisinau, but this is a real, this is very high risk,” Musteață said.

The intelligence chief also noted that the largest ammunition depot in Europe, located in Kolbasna in the Transnistrian region, is very thoroughly guarded by the Russian military. According to one of the official’s assumptions, Russia has plans to use these munitions in a possible military confrontation.

As reported by Ukrinform, on December 5, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova announced that the Border Police found Russian missile debris near Brychany. A criminal case was initiated.

Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security Council, said that a Russian missile hit the territory of Moldova.

Source: Head of Moldova intelligence says risk of Russian invasion next year seen as “high”

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