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Rattled by Ukraine War, Moldova Strives to Dodge Russia’s Long Shadow

By Monika Pronczuk and Jeffrey Gettleman

23 Apr 2022 · 6 min read

CHISINAU, Moldova — Before war erupted next door, Moldovans had big plans for their country.

But the Russian invasion of Ukraine put Moldova, a former Soviet republic and one of Europe’s poorest nations, in an extremely vulnerable situation, threatening its economic development, straining its society with waves of refugees and evoking existential fears of yet another Russian occupation.

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