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Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it invited military attaches from 18 countries accredited in Moscow to learn the real situation at the Russia-Ukraine border in the Rostov Region.
“Italy’s military attache has set off to the Russian border with Ukraine upon an invitation from the Defense Ministry,” the press service of the Italian Embassy in Moscow said.
German Embassy’s spokesman Robert Roode told ITAR-TASS that a representative of the German military attache staff was also participating in the visit to the Ukrainian border in the Rostov Region, adding that Germany considers the Defense Ministry’s invitation as “a measure of trust.”
Spanish Embassy’s spokesman said “our representative set off on the visit this morning and is expected to come back this evening.”
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday that “the ministry has taken a decision to acquaint foreign military specialists with the real situation in the town of Donetsk in the Rostov Region and the Donetsk cross point, which were subjected to artillery and mortar fire from the Ukrainian territory.”
Donetsk is a regional town with a population of 49,000 located 171 kilometers (106 miles) from the regional capital of Rostov-on-Don and bordering on the Krasnodon district of Ukraine’s Luhansk Region.
The multi-way automobile border-crossing point of Donetsk (its twin border checkpoint from Ukraine is called Izvarino) is one of the largest checkpoints in the Rostov Region.
Both the checkpoint and the town have been repeatedly hit by Ukrainian shells.