The military exercise also included threats such as a band of hooligans armed with sticks and drunk wedding guests engaging in local folk dance.
Western pundits have described the autonomous region of Moldova as the "next Crimea," but is Russia really about to invade?
Let us tell you about "the country that doesn't exist" before the world passes you by.
Moldova has its own pro-Russia territory to worry about.
Part two of our feature on Transnistria, the meta-nation.