Russia's Novoshakhtinsk border crossing point has been hit by shells as a result of gunfire near the Dolzhansky border crossing on Ukrainian territory, Vasily Malayev, spokesman for the Russian Federal Security Service's border guard department for the Rostov region, told Interfax.
"The Russian border crossing point Novoshakhtinsk was damaged as a result of gunfire near the Dolzhansky border crossing on Ukrainian territory on Thursday morning. The preliminary information available indicates that no one was killed or injured, but local infrastructure and the building of the Russian border crossing point were damaged," Malayev said.
"The situation in the area where the Russian border crossing point is located is being clarified. All circumstances of how these shells from Ukrainian territory appeared there and the extent of damage are being established," he said.
Rostov customs checkpoint deputy director Andrei Molozhavenko told Interfax that a mine that hit the Novoshakhtinsk international border crossing for vehicles damaged a bus terminal building and parts of local infrastructure.
"At around 5:00 a.m. Moscow time, an armed clash broke out near the Dolzhansky border crossing point on Ukrainian territory. One of the mines launched from the territory of Ukraine landed near Russia's Novoshakhtinsk international border crossing. The mine exploded, blowing out windows in the bus terminal building and damaging a vehicle inspection hall," Molozhavenko said.
The mine explosion left a crater 50 centimeters wide, he said, adding that specialists were now examining the scene.
Malayev told Interfax at the end of June that artillery rounds fired during armed clashed between militiamen and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine had damaged the Novoshakhtinsk border crossing in the Rostov region.
Representatives of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" reported that a Russian customs officer had been injured as a result of a shootout near the Dolzhansky border crossing point.
Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin, for his part, has announced that the committee has opened an inquiry into instances of gunfire hitting the Rostov region's district from Ukrainian territory.
A spokesman for Russia's southern customs directorate reported on June 21 that all border crossing points on the Russian-Ukrainian border were functioning as usual, except for the Kuibyshevo and Novoshakhtinsk checkpoints. However, the operations of the Gukovo customs checkpoint in Russia's Rostov region and the Millerovo customs checkpoint in Ukraine's Donetsk region were suspended over gunfire and explosions in nearby area on the Ukrainian side of the border.
The Rostov region's Gukovo, Donetsk and Novoshakhtinsk crossing points were shut down on July 1 due to continuing gunfire on Ukrainian territory, Malayev told Interfax.
The operations of the Veselo-Voznesenka checkpoint on the Russian-Ukrainian border were suspended on July 2, the press service of the southern customs directorate said. This checkpoint has already resumed operations.
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