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Ukraine Plans to Shoot Down Russian Aircraft Heading to Transnistria

At the same time, Transnistria might be preparing to receive aircraft at its one airfield

In other words, there is potential for escalation of the Ukraine war in a new direction. Or this could be another Russian plan which fizzles.

For a review of Transnistria and Moldova see Putin’s Recent Rally in Moscow Contains Threat to Invade Moldova, and Moldova May Be the Next Country Russia Invades.

To understand the context, look at the map shown above. Transnistria is roughly the land to the east of the Dniester River, and was a piece of Ukraine which was artificially attached to the Moldova SSR at the end of World War II. Moldova SSR was in turn territory annexed from Romania at the beginning of World War II.

The military significance of Transnistria today is likely its proximity to Odessa. Russian forces have tried for weeks to get to Odessa, which were stymied by the Ukrainian forces in Mykolaiv.

Russia has two likely goals in the southwest corner of Ukraine. The first is taking Odessa from Ukraine, blocking Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea, while establishing the larger Novorossiya dream. That is envisioned as a region of eastern and southern Ukraine from at least the Donbas to Odessa. The second is to absorb the Republic of Moldova into the Russian Federation, because it is terrain which Russians have ruled off-and-on over the last two hundred years.

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