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Four mortar bombs fired from Ukraine explode on Russian territory

July 05, 2014, 20:49 UTC+3 ROSTOV-ON-DON
Two fell in Russia’s ‘Donetsk’ checkpoint
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© ITAR-TASS / Stanislav Krasilnikov

ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 05, 20:29 /ITAR-TASS/. At least four mortar bombs fired during shootouts in Ukrainian regions bordering Russia exploded on the outskirts of the town of Donetsk in the southern Russian Rostov Region, Russian Federal Customs Service Southern Department spokesman Rayan Farukshin said Saturday.

“Four bombs from the adjacent territory landed in Russia. Two fell in Russia’s ‘Donetsk’ checkpoint. They exploded to the left and right of the checkpoint’s main building. According to preliminary data, no one was injured,” Farukshin said.

Earlier, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) regional department spokesman Vasily Malayev said mortar bombs from Ukraine landed on the outskirts of the Russian town of Donetsk. He said customs and other services’ personnel have been evacuated.

Border department officials are on the site and keep fulfilling their tasks, Malayev told Itar-Tass. He added that according to preliminary data, no one was killed or injured.

Russia’s Investigative Committee on Saturday launched criminal proceedings into the shelling from Ukraine of a group of Russian investigators in the Russian Rostov Region near the “Donetsk” border-crossing point.

Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass that Russian investigators wearing special jackets with the inscription “Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation” came under fire on Friday.

Russian police officers, two servicemen and witnesses who were inspecting the terrain some 300-400 meters from Russia’s state border with Ukraine after a previous instance of such shelling also came under fire.

“The investigative group discovered traces of shell bursts in a forest on the territory of the Russian Federation. Combat engineers began examining the traces,” Markin said.

“At this time, servicemen of Ukraine’s armed forces, armed members of the National Guard of Ukraine and Right Sector [ultranationalist movement] militants fired from the territory of Ukraine at least eight shots from unidentified weapons with unidentified explosive shells,” he said.

The investigative group left the site, which prevented deaths. The group’s vehicle was damaged in the explosions.

“Criminal proceedings were launched … on suspicion of the crime stated by Article 317 of the Russian Criminal Code [an attempt to kill a law enforcement officer],” Markin said.

An investigation is underway.

Kiev's punitive operation against federalization supporters in Ukraine's southeastern regions bordering Russia, which involves armored vehicles, heavy artillery and attack aviation, has left hundreds of people dead, destroyed buildings and forced tens of thousands to flee Ukraine to Russia.

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