Pridnestrovie / Ukraine

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The most remarkable part of the tour was the visit to the border between Transnistria (PMR) and Ukraine. Only some weeks before this trip I wrote to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Transnistria (they call it PMR, Pridnestrovskaya Moldavskaya Respublika, ПРИДНЕСТРОВСКОЙ МОЛДАВСКОЙ РЕСПУБЛИКИ) and as by a miracle they agreed on my plans to take some pictures of the border markers. During my visit I would be accompanied by 'representatives of the border authorities'. Which indeed took place after some delays.
When you enter PMR by car you arrive in what looks like a war zone with a military atmosphere. Russian tanks and flags, soldiers with Kalashnikovs. You don't get the impression to be welcomed in a peaceful and hospitable country.
But once you are in after some long lasting formalities, you have to forget this and enjoy the strange world of Pridnestrovie.

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East of Tiraspol the border between Ukraine and Transnistria runs close along the road for quite some kilometers. A straight and uninteresting part, but easy to reach and therefore worth visiting.
Roads are almost empty, just like the whole country.

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The border runs here along the road. During this part of the tour a was accomanied by a representative of the Ministry. He permitted me to take pictures. I didn't stop everywhere but took only some pictures. Here the borders makes an angle. You can recognize the ditch as demarcation. On the background there is a kind of strip on the Ukrainian side.
The border markers used are the same as used between Moldova and Ukraine for the sub-markers. So no long pillars in national colours with national symbols. I wonder if there is a real border treaty between PMR and UA.

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It looks if there is a fence behind the border on Ukrainian ground.

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A sub-marker along the road. I wondered what would have happened if I took pictures here without permission or guidance. Maybe it was possible, but I noticed patrolling soldiers on several places. So I guess you will be noticed soon.

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It caused some trouble to take this picture. The border marker is located close to a small border crossing between Ukraine and PMR. The Russian soldiers at the crossing point didn't agree that I would take pictures. So I was only allowed to take a picture of the border marker, but no pictures of the small barrack which was on the right. I even had to delete a picture with a simple traffic sign which indicated the road to Hrebenyky.
This picture however was allowed.

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