While the Ukrainian government is suggesting that Russian withdrawal from the North of the country is slow but real, there are parallel suggestions that instead, Russia is mobilizing in the South and West of Ukraine in the Russian-backed breakaway region of Transnistria in Northern Moldova.

The separatist government there, backed by Russian (then Soviet) forces who killed hundreds of Moldovan troops and civilians there in the 1990s, denies the allegations of a buildup.

The Moldovan government, for their part, claims to be unaware of any buildup, though it has not administered Transnistria since 1992.