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Кобасна (Russian)
Колба́сна (Ukrainian)
Cobasna is located in Moldova
Coordinates: 47°46′47″N 29°12′35″E / 47.77972°N 29.20972°E / 47.77972; 29.20972
Country Moldova
self-proclaimed state Transnistria[1]
Elevation 152 m (499 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Cobasna (Romanian; Ukrainian: Колбасна; Russian: Колбасна, Kolbasna) is a commune in northern Transnistria, Moldova that is composed of three villages: Cobasna, Cobasna station and Suhaia Rîbnița (Сухая Рыбница). It is controlled by the authorities of Transnistria. It is located 2 km from the Ukrainian border, in Rîbnița District. Cobasna is the site of a Russian, and formerly Soviet ammunition depot, one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

The majority of the original ammunition has either disappeared or has been removed from Cobasna under Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) supervision. Military equipment which was impractical to remove has undergone on-site destruction as per Moldovan demands that the "weapons dump" of Transnistria be removed.[citation needed] Transnistrian sources claim that the U.S. State Department recognizes that the process of removal of Russian munitions and equipment has been carried out with efficiency during 2003.[citation needed]

Today, around 22,000 tons of military equipment and ammunition reportedly remain there,[2] guarded by Russian troops.[citation needed]

Units of the Operational Group of Russian Forces are stationed in the area.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Transnistria's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is not recognised by any country. The Moldovan government and all the world's other states consider Transnistria de jure a part of Moldova territory.
  2. ^ (in Romanian) Cristian Delcea, "Agonia limbii române în Transnistria", Adevărul, 3 December 2012

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Coordinates: 47°47′N 29°12′E / 47.783°N 29.200°E / 47.783; 29.200