Failed attempt of the conquest of Pridnestrovie

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Nineteen years ago Moldovan Police made an attempt to invade Dubossary following the order of the country’s authorities.

On November 2, 1990 there were rumors spreading in Dubossary (Pridnestrovie) that the Chisinau police wanted to seize the city. At about 10 am, women and veterans began to rally in front of the executive committee, later the rally grew and one could hear the demands to transfer power to the United Council of Workforce of Pridnestrovie which had organized the defense of the city.

The same day Ion Kostash, Moldova Minister of Internal Affaires, signed the orders “On the release of Dubossary bridge over the Dniester river” and “On the organization of checkpoints on highways and roads of Grigoriopol and Dubossary areas”. Later he declared that “the order had prevented the use of firearms except as provided by statute”.

Dubossary citizens blocked the bridge across the Dniester river, but at 5 pm Special Police Force of Moldova led by Mr. Vyrlan, the chief of Chisinau Central Internal Affairs Directorate, began the attack. Special Police Force soldiers shot in air first, after that they used the batons and tear gas “Cheryomukha”. 135 military students and 8 officers from Moldova led by Police Lieutenant Colonel Neikov also arrived at the scene of the event.

Weapons were first used in a clash on the Dubossary bridge since the conflict began. As the result, three people were killed (drivers Valery Mitsul and Vladimir Gotka and 18 years old Oleg Geletiuk), 16 people were injured, 9 of them were gun wounded, all of them citizens of today’s Pridnestrovie. The events were photographed by the TV NBC operator. The cases were brought before a court but were soon terminated. Moldovan Special Police Force retreated and in the evening all the accesses to the city were blocked on the United Council of Workforce’s order.

In the morning, a group of Varnitsa citizens captured 9 members of people's guard from Bendery. According to people’s guards, they were brought to Varnitsa village Soviet where they were beaten and Varnitsa citizens tried to make them sign the protocol stating that they tried to disrupt the “tricolour” in the center of the village. About 2 pm representatives of Bendery Department of Internal Affairs arrived in the village and took the guards with them. Evening interview with them was shown on Bendery television. Operator V. Vozdvyzhensky, who died later in Bendery in June 1992, filmed the beaten members of people’s guard.

That report together with the information about the events in Dubosary, that spread everywhere, brought to the creation of the temporary Committee on Emergency which took urgent measured for blocking entrances to the city. The Defence staff was organized, the volunteers began to register. In the evening, the information that at Kaushani direction cars and buses were seen was sent to Bendery. It turned out that 120 transport units were moving from the South to the town. Around midnight, it became known that the city of Chisinau had sent another convoy.

Bendery Radio reported “All the men are asked to come to the square and help defend the city of Bendery from national extremists!”. Many people responded and additional forces were deployed to the entrance of the city. Moldovan convoy from Kaushany side turned to Ursoya and settled in Gerbovetsky wood. That night no military showdown happened, but the gradual departure of Moldovan troops began only in the second half of November 3. Information about tent camp in Aneni was brought to Bendery, so the barriers at the entrances to the city and volunteers were still on duty till November 4.

Resentment was growing both in the Pridnestrovian and Moldovan societies. Mircea Druk was met in the Parliament of Moldova with shouts “Murderer!”, “Jos!” (“Down!”)

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Дата публикации: Пнд 2 Ноя 2009

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