Tsar Nicholas I ordered Russian forces to occupy the Danubian
Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia (present-day Romania), in
response to the Ottomans' refusal to allow a Russian protectorate
of Turkish Christians.
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Editors. "Ottomans declare war on Russia when they invade Moldova and Wallachia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 July 2011
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=4950, accessed 19 January 2018.]