Exit polls in the Moldovan region of Transnistria show people have voted 95 per cent in favour of independence from Moldova and for eventual union with Russia. Turnout is put at around 77 per cent. 390,000 people were eligible to vote in the region, which is a sliver of land bordering Ukraine. The breakaway region’s president, Igor Smirnov, says he wants a strategic partnership with Russia and hopes the poll will be recognised by Moscow. Aside Russia, no country is likely to endorse the vote as legitimate. Moldova is ignoring the vote saying the Russian presence of 1,200 troops impedes international mediation efforts.