Russian soldiers held unauthorized military drills in Transnistria on August 14-15, during which, in particular, they crossed Dniester river. This was reported by the Moldovan OSCE mission's press service.
“The OSCE Mission to Moldova expresses its concern regarding the river-crossing military exercise conducted in the Security Zone by the Operational Group of Russian Forces on 14 and 15 August,” the message says.
I was reported that in accordance with its mandate, the OSCE mission deployed its team to the area of the Security Zone on 14 and 15 August, but the team was obstructed from fully monitoring the exercises. In compliance with the Principles of Co-operation between the Joint Control Commission (JCC) and the OSCE Mission to Moldova from 2004, the Mission shared its observations with all the delegations to the JCC through the established channels.
“According to the Agreement on Principles of a Peaceful Settlement of the Armed Conflict in the Transdniestrian Region of the Republic of Moldova from 21 July 1992, military exercises in the Security Zone are required to be authorized by the JCC, which was not done in this instance. The Mission reports its findings to the participating States of the OSCE, including the host country, through the established channels,” the mission noted.
The Moldovan Defense Minister Ion Sturza called the exercises a provocation.
"The drills of ‘green men’ on crossing the Dniester discredit a peacekeeping mission ... what they do does not provide peace in the region," the minister added.
As it was reported earlier, on June 15, Moldovan Reintegration Policy Bureau informed that the Moldovan Government notified the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) about an unauthorized deployment of military trucks and equipment in separatist-controlled region.
Moldovan authorities recorded around 40 trucks and other military vehicles with Russian symbols in Transnistria, a territory along the Ukraine-Moldova border.