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The Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (Moldovan/Romanian: Република Советикэ Сочиалистэ Молдовеняскэ or Republica Sovietică Socialistă Moldovenească; Russian: Молда́вская Сове́тская Социалисти́ческая Респу́блика Moldavskaya Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublika), commonly abbreviated to Moldavian SSR or MSSR, was one of the 15 republics of the Soviet Union. After the Declaration of Sovereignty on June 23, 1990, and until the Declaration of Independence on August 27, 1991, it was officially referred as Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova, and since early 1991 as Republic of Moldova.
The Moldavian SSR was formed on August 2, 1940 from parts of Bessarabia, a region annexed from Romania on June 28th of that year, and MASSR, an autonomous republic within the Ukrainian SSR. It gained independence in 1991 as Republic of Moldova.