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Moldova: veterans and separatists fight at airport

November 10, 2014

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan war veterans have scuffled with the bodyguards of a pro-Russian separatist leader at Chisinau airport as he headed to Moscow. No injuries were reported.

Officials said 20 veterans tried to stop Trans-Dniester leader Yevgeny Shevchuk from entering the airport Monday evening. They clashed with his bodyguards, and airport security personnel stopped the altercation. Moldovan police detained several bodyguards, at least one of whom hit the veterans. No veterans were detained.

Trans-Dniester broke away from Moldova in 1990, and 1,500 people were killed in a war between separatists and Moldovan forces in 1992. Trans-Dniester is not internationally recognized but wants to join Russia.

The incident at the airport came after separatists at the weekend detained several Moldovan politicians who were campaigning in Trans-Dniester ahead of Nov. 30 elections.

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