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No weapons brought across Russian-Ukrainian border during conflict

July 09, 2014, 15:37 UTC+3 9 9/7
Artillery shells and mortar rounds hit a water tower, a duty-free store, a transport examination station and a road near the border
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A checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Russian border

A checkpoint on the Ukrainian-Russian border

© ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 9./ITAR-TASS/. Since the beginning of the conflict, Russian border guards have detected no cases of transfer of arms, ammunition and military equipment across the border," a spokesman for the Border Guard Department of the Russian Federal Security Service, Leonid Smyk, told reporters on Wednesday.

Sixty five foreign reporters have seen damages from shelling on the checkpoint of Novoshakhtinsk on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

The official showed the damages on buildings and the territory of the checkpoint, which was under fire on June 3 and July 6 and 7. Artillery shells and mortar rounds hit a water tower, a duty-free store, a transport examination station and a road.

It was the busiest checkpoint in the Rostov region, where up to 7,000 people and 1,000 units of transport crossed the border, Smyk noted.

Since June 30, Novoshakhtinsk has not worked because the checkpoint on the other side is closed.

Reporters from 30 foreign media arrived in the Rostov region on the initiative of the association of foreign correspondents accredited in Russia to find out what was in areas near the Ukrainian border. They will also see a temporary accommodation centre in the Krasny Sulin district and the Donskoi sanatorium in Novocherkassk where Ukrainian refugees are accommodated.

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