As part of this process, the Tsarist administration in Bessarabia gradually removed the Romanian language from official and religious use.
Its territory comprised the present-day territory of the Republic of Moldova, the eastern eight counties of Romania, and parts of the Chernivtsi Oblast and Budjak region of Ukraine.
The new Russian province was called Oblast of Moldavia and Bessarabia, and initially enjoyed a large degree of autonomy.
After 1828 this autonomy was progressively restricted and in 1871 the Oblast was transformed into the Bessarabia Governorate, in a process of state-imposed assimilation, Russification.
A Polish army led by Jan Zamoyski drove the Wallachians from Moldavia and defeated Michael at Năieni, Ceptura and Bucov.
Ieremia Movilă returned to Moldavia's throne under the vassalage of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.