"The liberation of the Donbas should start after Transnistria is purged [of Russian troops - ed.]. Moldova officially demands that the occupying forces - about 1,200 Russian military and a small band of mercenaries from local residents - be withdrawn. It is very important that this initiative is being implemented together with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Transnistria is sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine - after the Russian-occupied tract is blocked on both sides, it will quickly return under control of the legitimate authorities. Ukraine will hence completely eliminate the threat in the south and protect Bessarabia.
"The further existence of Russia's military base is totally dependent on concerted and targeted actions of the Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities. It is time to eliminate gangs that continue keeping an open smuggling "hole" at Ukraine's border. I think we should allow Moldovan customs officers and border guards into our territory around Transnistria, while people and goods will pass further only with the consent of the legitimate authorities of Moldova. If Russian troops are not withdrawn, they will become a legitimate target. So, a 'green corridor' for the occupants is not a bad option. It's time to drive them home," Butusov concludes.