The government in Chisinau says it is investigating the alleged incident as Kiev is leading a Russian provocation.
Pro-Moscow separatists in Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, say they foiled an assassination attempt on their leader that they accuse the Ukrainian security services of organizing.
Kiev dismissed the allegations on Thursday as a “provocation” by the Kremlin in the latest in a series of claims and counterclaims about the area sandwiched along Ukraine’s southwestern border with Moldova.
The Moldovan government said it was investigating an alleged “terrorist” attack in Transnistria.
“We have no confirmation of these things,” Prime Minister Dorin Recean told reporters. “The government is ready to deal with provocations.”
Russian state news agencies reported on the alleged attack on Vadim Krasnoselsky. It was not immediately clear whether the Transnistrian officials had presented evidence to support their claim.
“A crime against a number of officials was being prepared on the orders of the Security Service of Ukraine,” the Russian state news agency TASS quoted the separatists as saying. “The suspects have been arrested.”
In response, the Security Service of Ukraine said in a statement: “Lies and provocations are the weapons [Russia] actively uses. But today the whole world sees the true face of the attacking country and does not believe the statements of Russia or its satellites.”
Transnistria, a primarily Russian-speaking territory, broke away from Moldova’s control in 1990, a year before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and relies on Russian support.
Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, there have been constant concerns that the war could spill over into Transnistria, given the region’s affiliation with Moscow and its location on Ukraine’s western border.
Last month, Russia accused Ukraine of planning an invasion of Transnistria after conducting a “false flag” operation there, a claim Kyiv denied. Moldova also rejected Russia’s request.
Moscow has said it will view any action that threatens Russian forces stationed in Transnistria as an attack on itself.