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Fighting reported near checkpoint on Russian-Ukrainian border

August 01, 2014, 19:08 UTC+3 ROSTOV-ON-DON
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ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 01. /ITAR-TASS/. Customs officials have been evacuated as fighting broke out on Friday in Ukraine's territory near a Russian border checkpoint, a spokesman for the local branch of the Russian Federal Customs Service said.

"Fighting began at the adjacent Dolzhansky checkpoint 2.30 p.m. Moscow time (10.30 a.m. GMT)... Customs officials have been evacuated from the Russian [Novoshakhtinsk] checkpoint," the spokesman said.

He said that possible damages will be estimated after fighting subsides.

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