Next country on Putins hit list as Zelenskyy warns of more invasions

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The next country on Putin's list of targets has reportedly been revealed as warnings are issued of more invasions across Europe.

The small country of Moldova that borders with besieged Ukraine is believed to be the next target on Vladimir Putin's expansion list as the Russian president looks to increase his reach across Eastern Europe.

The country is less than a third of the size of London with a population of 2.6million people and it has now been suggested that it could be the next country to be targeted by soldiers and missiles as Russia look to create a pathway.

Moldova summoned a Russian ambassador on Friday (April 22) after a senior Russian commander said they were looking to make a pathway to one part of the country where Russian soldiers already reside and outlined the desire to create a breakaway region.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already warned that the invasion of his country was "only the beginning" as Putin sets his sights on other countries.

Concerns have also grown as Russia begins to step up its attacks on the Ukrainian port city Odessa, just 55km from the border of Moldova.

Rustam Minnekaev, the acting commander of Russia’s Central Military District, said: “Control over the south of Ukraine is another way out to Transnistria, where there are cases of Russian-speaking people being oppressed", reports NewsAU.

Transnistria is a small tearaway region of Moldova where pro-Russian separatists have been armed and backed by Moscow. It is similar to the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine which are home to Russian speakers and broke away from Kyiv in 2014.

Although Moldova denies Russian speakers are being oppressed, Russia claims they are and often uses this excuse to engage in military action with former Soviet states. The small slither of land isn't recognised by any nation, not even Russia, as a separate entity, although it still remains a target for Putin.

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Moldova’s foreign ministry said in a statement: “[We] view these statements as unfounded and contradicting Russia’s position in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country within internationally recognised borders.”

Speaking in his address on Friday evening, Zelenskyy made a point of making it clear that other countries are on Putin's radar. He said: “The invasion of Ukraine is only the beginning. Then they want to invade other countries.”

He continued: “All the nations that, like us, believe in the victory of life over death must fight with us. They must help us because we are the first in line. And who will come next?”

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