The leader of this unrecognized Russian enclave between Moldova and Ukraine, Yevgenij Shevchuk, called TransNistria the inseperable part of Russia, Ukrinform reports June 14.
He recalled the 2006 referendum when the bulk of locals supported joining Russia.
In line with the latest census, the population of TransNistria is about 500,000, with over a third of them Moldovans, 30% Russians and almost 32% Ukrainians. The enclave is also populated by Gagauzs, Bulgarians, Germans, Belarussian and Jews.
According to unofficial information, 20% of TransNistria locals have Moldovan passports, 10% Russian and about the same number bearing the Ukrainian passports.