By Ekaterina Bogataya
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the republic of Transnistria, a grand parade was held in Tiraspol with the participation of all branches of the armed forces and security agencies, as well as military equipment.
The parade was the largest ever in the quarter-century history of Transnistria. In addition to thirty-eight contingents of military personnel, the parade displayed 120 pieces of military equipment, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and even Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems.
The parade lasted two hours, and during that time, more than 2,500 troops and representatives of all the secuirty forces of Transnistria passed through the central square. Among them were the employees of all units of the Defense Ministry, Ministry of Interior, the peacekeeping forces, the Customs Committee, the State Security Committee, the Ministry of Justice and even the Cossacks.
An impressive Russian delegation also participated in the celebrations, including members of parliament and government officials, as well as culture and cinema figures.
On the same evening a concert was planned, featuring Russian singer Polina Gagarina. At the climax of the celebration there were fireworks dedicated the anniversary of the republic.
At this exhibition Electromash displayed a variety of products: from wood-working machines, welding machines and well pumps to plastic products, the range is constantly expanding.
In addition, officials visited an exhibition of agricultural products. It showcased products such as large agricultural firms, and small farms.
Turan noted the high competitiveness of Transnistrian producers. In addition, she congratulated all the citizens of the republic on the jubilee, wishing them peace and prosperity.
Translated by Greg Butterfield
Translator’s note: Transnistria is an independent republic that broke away from Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union. It maintains many of the traditions of Soviet times, including the hammer and sickle flag. The right-wing junta in Ukraine, backed by Washington, has threatened military action against Russian peacekeepers there, and has been building up forces in neighboring Odessa.