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Moldova Puts Borders On Alert Amid Ukraine Unrest

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CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's government says it has placed the landlocked country's borders on alert amid unrest in neighboring Ukraine.

Top Moldovan leaders announced the move Monday in a joint statement after Ukrainian forces deployed an elite unit to the Ukrainian port of Odessa.

President Nicolae Timofti, Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and Parliament speaker Igor Coreman said in the statement that security forces were ordered "to take all necessary actions to ensure public order inside the country."

It made no reference to any specific threat.

The three met behind closed doors to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Moldova has 1,500 Russian troops stationed in a separatist republic of Trans-Dniester which recently asked to be united with Russia.

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