Russia preparing to open new front to Odessa in Transnistria with 20,000 troops say sources

by The Daily Lede

According to the head of the Veterans of War association Dniester, Moldova region, retired Lieutenant Colonel Anatol Karaman, Russia has stationed some 20,000 well equipped combat troops in Transnistria, a breakaway state located on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine.

It was reported that during the night of September 3, all military Russian equipment previously stationed in Transnistria for Russian Peacekeeping drills on August 21st had been moved to the Ukrainian border in preparation for an offensive into toward Odessa.

Lieutenant Colonel Karaman was quoted as saying, “I received information from reliable sources that all Russian military equipment in the Trans-Dniester Republic was urgently relocated to the south Slobodzeya district bordering Ukraine.”

According to Lieutenant Colonel Karaman the troops stationed there are fully prepared for combat operations both in the field and in urban environments.