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KIEV, June 21, 2:24 /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said it has launched an inquiry into Friday evening’s shooting on the Russian-Ukrainian state border.
“In connect with the events on the Russian-Ukrainian border, which left a Russian customs officer injured Ukraine has begun a comprehensive investigation,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on its website. “Ukrainian law-enforcers will closely study all circumstances of this incident.”
Earlier, the spokesman for the Rostov regional office of the federal security service FSB, Vasily Malayev, told Itar-Tass there was a clash between people’s militia and Ukrainian troops and National Guard in the area of the Dolzhansky checkpoint on Ukraine’s border with the Rostov Region. The incident occurred at 18.40 Moscow time. Mortar fire from Ukraine damaged buildings, engineering facilities and supply links of the Russian border checkpoint Novoshakhtinsk. A Russian customs officer was injured, a spokesman for Russia’s Southern Customs Department said. He is in grave condition.
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