Ukrainian border guards say didn't shoot at Russian citizens near border checkpoint

The Ukrainian State Border Service said that Ukrainian border guards did not open fire at Russian citizens from the Ukrainian territory near the Krasnaya Talovka border checkpoint, calling this incident a provocative act.

The Ukrainian State Border Service said that Ukrainian border guards did not open fire at Russian citizens from the Ukrainian territory near the Krasnaya Talovka border checkpoint, calling this incident a provocative act.

"Russia media are actively spreading the information that two Russian citizens, who were staying near the state border on the Russian territory, allegedly came under automatic fire from the Ukrainian territory in an area near the Krasnaya Talovka border checkpoint. As a result a Russian man received a chest gunshot wound. The Ukrainian State Border Service said officially that this information is absolutely untrue and exclusively provocative," the Ukrainian State Border Service said in a statement released on July 27.

The border service said that Ukrainian legislation primarily banned the border guards from opening the fire in the direction of the neighboring country. However, to check this information the Ukrainian State Border Service initiated an internal investigation during which all border patrols being on duty in the mentioned direction at the time of the incident were checked. "As a result it was found that servicemen have all ammunition unused and the weapons do not have any traces of use," the Ukrainian State Border Service said.

Russian border guards gave the necessary aid to the wounded Russian man who was taking a selfie at the background of the Ukrainian border checkpoint, the press service of the Federal Security Service (FSB) border department in southern Russia's Rostov Region said overnight.

"Three Russians were relaxing at an artificial lake situated on the Russian territory near village Novorussky in the Millerovo district of the Rostov Region and decided to take pictures at the background of the Ukrainian checkpoint Krasnaya Talovka," the FSB border department said.

A serviceman at the checkpoint ordered them to stop and opened gunfire at them, wounding one of the two holidaymakers, the FSB border department said.

A car moving in the same direction too the unfortunate selfie enthusiasts to a border patrol which was on duty at the Russian motor crossing station Voloshino.

During the medical examination the car passenger was found to sustain a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to the nearby medical institution, where he received the medical aid.

As for the July 26 incident involving a KAMAZ truck with weapons which was allegedly detained by Ukrainian border guards the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) called it as being "staged by the Ukrainian security services."

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