Ukrainian intelligence intercepted Russian plot to destroy Moldova, Zelenskyy says
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
Ukrainian intelligence intercepted a Russian plan to politically destroy Moldova, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said at a special meeting of the European Council on Feb. 9.
“I have recently spoken with Moldova's President Maia Sandu and I have informed her what our intelligence service had managed to intercept: a detailed plan of Russia for the political situation in Moldova,” he said.
According to him, the document establishes the people, timing, and events involved in causing a political breakdown in Moldova.
The plan is similar to the one they elaborated for Ukraine, the president said.
Zelenskyy added that "he did not know whether Moscow ultimately ordered the plan to be implemented," but Ukraine has revealed the aggressor’s plans.
“We recognized in it exactly what they have already tried to do against Ukraine and against other states, in particular in Europe,” he said.
The director of Moldova’s Information and Security Service (SIB), Alexandru Musteață, also warned about a possible Russian offensive against Moldova as early as the beginning of 2023. Poland's Foreign Ministry has said that Poland, the Baltic countries, and Moldova are all among the Kremlin's targets, though no Russian offensive is expected in the near future.
Ukrainian military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said that Ukraine is ready to help Moldova remove the Russian occupation in that country.
Russia has occupied the Moldovan region of Transnistria since 1990, ruling the region via a puppet authority similar to those in Donbas.
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