TIRASPOL (Sputnik) – The trilateral peacekeeping mission in the Moldovan breakaway republic of Transnistria requested Russia on Thursday to restore its helicopter squadron operating within the mission.
"We deem it appropriate to appeal to Russia with the request to restore the valuable work of its helicopter squadron as part of the peacekeeping operation," the Joint Control Commission, operated by Moldovan, Transnistrian and Russian troops, said in a statement.
It cited increasing unsanctioned and uncoordinated foreign aircraft flights over the buffer zone between Moldova and Ukraine as reason for the request.
"Under the Joint Control Commission protocol No.1 from July 28, 1992, the squadron of four Mi-8 helicopters and four Mi-24 helicopters… is able to provide the established security regime in the conflict zone," the statement reads.
Transnistria, a region dominated by an ethnically Russian and Ukrainian population, broke away from the Soviet Republic of Moldova in 1990, fearing the country might seek to reunify with neighboring Romania. The move triggered a war that ended in a ceasefire in July 1992, but the conflict has remained unresolved.