Kremlin voices concern after blasts hit breakaway Moldovan region

Moldova held an urgent security meeting on Tuesday and the Kremlin voiced concerns after two explosions damaged telecommunication towers in the breakaway region of Trans-Dniester close to the border with Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the news was a cause for serious concern and that Moscow was following events closely.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu was due to speak later Tuesday after the security meeting which was called in response to the blasts which followed two explosions in the breakaway republic on Monday evening.

Chisinau is sensitive to any sign of unrest in the Russian-backed separatist region which  borders Ukraine.

Russia has had troops permanently based there since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  There are fears the region could be used as a launch pad for an attack on Moldova or fresh attacks on Ukraine.

„In the early morning of April 26, two explosions occurred in the village of Maiac, Grigoriopol district: the first at 6:40 and the second at 7:05,” the separatists  interior ministry said.

There were no reports of casualties, but two radio mast that broadcast Russian radio were toppled, it said.

On Monday, the Moldovan government said two blasts in Tiraspol blasts were aimed at creating tensions in a region it does not control.

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