After a session of National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service (SBGS) has intensified its security measures along the border with Moldova in light of a recent deterioration of the situation there. The size of border detachments has been increased, and sniffer dogs are being used, said SBGS Spokesperson Oleh Slobodyan, as cited by 112 Ukraine.
“Border guards, within their competence, have reinforced the protection of the entire Ukrainian-Moldovan border. We are devoting special attention to the Transnistrian segment, the central segment of the Ukrainian Moldovan border. The border detachments on the green border and at the border crossing points have been reinforced, the use of service dogs has increased, and we have increased the number of border guards in border detachments. For now, the reinforcement is being done by forces and reserves from the southern regional office, for now we are not considering the need to maneuver with other regional offices,” Slobodyan said.
The SBGS has also increased its level of cooperation with the National Police, National Guard, and Security Service of Ukraine.
“There have been no incidents or provocations, but the situation in the neighboring country is really forcing Ukraine to react, and this is completely natural, because each country protects itself first and foremost at the entry, and so the monitoring of the entry from Moldova has been intensified, well, and accordingly, other actions are being taken, which we have already mentioned,” Slobodyan noted.
Recently the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern regarding developments in Moldova. The department stressed the inadmissibility of external interference by Russia to bring about the Russian scenario of federalizing the neighboring country.
On 7 June, Moldova’s parliament ran out of time to form a coalition, but President Igor Dodon did not disband parliament. The following day, the pro-Russian Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova and the pro-European ACUM bloc formed a majority, appointing Maia Sandu as prime minister.
A third major parliamentary group, the Democratic Party, accused the others of usurping power.
The Constitutional Court of Moldova has declared the parliament’s actions unconstitutional, impeached President Dodon, and transferred his mandate to former prime minister Pavel Filip.