Rostov medical workers are providing assistance to seven people wounded in an exchange of fire near the Russian-Ukrainian border on Friday, acting Rostov region Governor Sergei Bondarev said.
"Seven wounded were revealed overnight, one of them an officer of the Russian customs checkpoint, one Russian citizen, and five [Ukrainian] militiamen," Bondarev said at a governmental emergency situations commission session in Moscow on Saturday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed strong protest against the shelling of the Russian border checkpoint Novoskhakhtinsk by Ukrainian government forces on Friday evening, which seriously injured a customs officer and caused damage to the checkpoint's infrastructure.
"Russia expresses a strong protest against this aggressive action. We demand that Kyiv urgently and immediately investigate all circumstances of this crime violating elementary norms and principles of international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement available on its website.
"The matter involves direct provocation aimed at preventing the implementation of the Geneva agreements on the soonest possible de-escalation of the internal Ukrainian conflict," it said.
The press service of the Russian Southern Customs Directorate has confirmed reports that a Russian customs officer had received an injury while a Russian customs checkpoint had been fired upon from Ukrainian territory.
"The customs checkpoint official has been taken to the Novoshakhtinsk hospital. Nothing is known so far about his condition," Olga Shamrayeva, the directorate's chief spokesperson, told Interfax on Friday.
A source from regional security agencies told Interfax on Friday that a customs officer in the Rostov region had been wounded when Ukrainian government forces shelled the Dolzhansky customs checkpoint and several rounds of ammunition reached Russian territory. "A customs officer was wounded by one of these hits," he said.
Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin had said earlier that the Investigative Committee had started a verification procedure of reports on the shelling of an area in Russia's Rostov region from Ukrainian territory.
The Russian presidential press service said also that Moscow expected explanations and apologies from Kyiv regarding the shelling of Russian territory and the injury of a Russian customs officer. It pointed out that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's statement on the suspension of military activities "was accidentally or deliberately made during the shelling of Russian territory near the Dolzhansky border checkpoint, which led to a building's destruction and, what is most important, the injury of a Russian customs officer."
"Russia expects explanations and apologies in this connection," it said.
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