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Report: Transdniester Puts Forces On Alert

Pro-Russian separatists in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester have reportedly put their security forces on alert because of what they say is a military threat from Ukraine and Moldova.

Transdniester's Tiras news agency said on August 7 that the separatists expected unspecified military activity starting from August 26, the day before Moldova's independence day.

Moldovan authorities in response accused Tiraspol of misinforming the public.

Tensions between Moldova and Transdniester have been on the rise since Moldova signed an Association Agreement in June with the European Union, despite Russian opposition.

Moldova has asked Russia to withdraw its 1,500 troops stationed in Transdniester.

Ukraine has dug a ditch along the border with the separatist region fearing Russian troops stationed there may invade.

Transdniester declared independence from Moldova in 1990. The two sides fought a brief war in 1992 that ended when the Russian military intervened on the side of Transdniester.

With additional reporting by AP