KIEV, June 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian Defense Ministry issued a statement claiming “Ukrainian military have not been using artillery of mortars” in the areas adjoining the Ukrainian-Russian border.
As reported earlier, Russia's Novoshakhtinsk border checkpoint in the southern Rostov region underwent shelling by mortars from the Ukrainian territory at around 18:40 Moscow Standard Time, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Buildings, infrastructure facilities and communication lines at the checkpoint have been partially destroyed or damaged.
A spokesman for the Rostov region branch of the Federal Customs Service said a customs officer had been wounded. He cited physicians describing the officer’s wounds as very severe.
The Novoshakhtinsk automobile checkpoint is a large customs terminal through which trucks cross the border and all types of trade supplies, including agriculture produce, are delivered from Ukraine to Russia and the other way round.