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Moldovans Worry Putin Could Come for Them Next

By Natalie Vikhrov

29 Mar 2022 · 5 min read

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprecedented attack on Ukraine has stoked unease within many European countries, particularly those with former Soviet ties. In Moldova, one of Europe’s poorest countries, locals are especially uneasy. Part of their country is already under Moscow’s control.

The breakaway region of Transnistria, a sliver of territory that runs along Ukraine’s border, is internationally recognized as part of Moldova but effectively controlled by Russia.

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