Around 45 countries and institutions met in Paris to pledge millions of euros of aid for Moldova after increasing fears mount that it could be further destabilised by the war.

Moldova, which is largely dependent on Russia’s energy supplies, is facing more difficulties with winter arriving

and Moscow cutting natural gas supplies by about 40 percent, hurting its ability to supply enough electricity to its population.

A French diplomat told reporters at a briefing, “Moldova is directly impacted because it’s dependent on Russian energy supplies

and is a country which has a part of its territory controlled by Russian soldiers so it’s especially vulnerable.”

Moldova has felt the effects of rising food and energy prices and thousands of refugees arriving in the country of about 2.5 million people

Moldova is a country which has taken more refugees per head than any other country. Moldova is a landlocked Eastern European country, bordered by Ukraine on the East and Romania to the West.