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Ukraine tightens customs control on Transdnierster portion of border with Moldova

Kyiv tightened customs and border controls on the Transdniester segment of the common border with Moldova in an effort to combat smuggling. According to the new rules of an agreement signed in December 2005, all cargo crossing the Transdniester portion of the Ukrainian-Moldovan border must have cleared Moldovan customs.

Igor Smirnov, the leader of Moldova's breakaway Transdniester republic, said on March 5 that Ukraine had abandoned its role as an broker between Transdniester and Moldova by taking sides in the conflict.