"I am ashamed to say this, but until recently, Vladimir Putin thought more about the Ukrainian Bessarabia than our own government. They (Russia) have 'Bessarabia' project... They are preparing to do something there..., " Saakashvili said.
"The majority of population in Bessarabia only watches Russian TV channels ... The main thing I'm worried about is not a direct Russian attack at this stage ... There's an awful poverty there, the worst roads are not only in Ukraine but in Europe. It is not just a road, but a strategic road from Ukraine to Romania, that is to the European Union," the governor of Odesa region said.
According to him, today, some residents of Bessarabia indeed only see Ukraine in a negative light.
"They (the locals - ed.) are now isolated. And the only things they see Ukraine in are greedy officials ... terrible roads which no one has repaired for a long time no one ... the prosecutor's office of the Odessa region, which blocks the crossing of the Danube, which for them is the source of income, the judge of Izmail district, who forbade the peasants to gather the harvest ...," the head of the Odesa Regional State Administration said.
On April 30 the SBU said that the security forces prevented the establishment of illegal formation under the working title 'Bessarabia'.
After that the agency repeatedly reported arrests of members of the underground separatists, overseen by Russia to destabilize the situation.