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The incident occurred at a Russian-Moldovan-Transdniestrian peacekeeping checkpoint close to a bridge across the Dniester River near the city of Vadul lui Voda within the Transdniestria conflict security area at about 7:00 a.m. on January 1, the Foreign Ministry said.

A Lada car with Moldovan license plates twice passed through the checkpoint at a speed significantly higher than mandated, knocking down a fence, the ministry said. Acting in line with instructions, the commander of the Russian unit first fired warning shots in the air and then, as the driver ignored them, started shooting at the car’s tires.

However, one of the bullets hit the driver, Vadim Pisar, 18, a Moldovan citizen, who was immediately taken to a hospital but, despite surgery, died later.

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