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A russian army check point at the road between Chisinau and Tiraspol on 10 November 2009 ,Tiraspol is the capital and administrative centre of the de facto independent Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). The city is located on the eastern bank of the Dniester River.Transnistria is a disputed region in Eastern Europe, located mostly in a strip between the Dniester River and Ukraine. Since its declaration of independence in 1990, and especially after the War of Transnistria in 1992, it is governed by the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), which claims the left bank of the river Dniester and the city of Bender within the former Moldavian SSR. Russian military contingent is present in Transnistria. The status of this contingent is disputed. The 1992 cease-fire agreement between Moldova and Transnistria established a Russian peace-keeper presence in Transnistria. Russian troops stationed in Moldova proper since the time of the USSR were fully withdrawn to Russia by January 1993. Samuel Aranda / Corbis