My 5 cents remain that it is entirely unecesary to do anything to Moldova, since Transnistria is already separate from Moldova by treaty, and has functioned as an independent pro-Russian state for the past 31 years. Again - I might be surprised by their stupidity here, but all Russia has to do is clear the land _until_ Transnistria, and simply connect territories. Transnistria would very likely fall right in line, the same way Donbass already do - being pro-Russian and already occupied by Russian forces. Transnistria is separated from Moldova by the Dniester river, thereof the name: Trans - Dniestria :0 Easy mode would be: Consider the Dniester to be the frontier, and incorporate Transnistria into Russian sphere OR Stupid mode: Consider Carpathians the frontier, and go for all of Moldova (and as such, escalate things a huge lot) - this would make little sense, if western Ukraine were also not occupied, so... they'd have their work cut out for them. Edit, final musings; Moldova as well as the international community (save for Russia and their non-state allies, Abkhazia, Artsakh and S. Ossetia) consider Transnistria an integral part of Moldova, I think M. considers them merely autonomous or something - so - technically, military action in Transnistria is the same as action in Moldova, but practically speaking, it is not. How this will express itself in reality, I couldn't even guess.