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Press Release of the Embassy of Ukraine regarding deterioration of the situation at the Ukrainian-Russian state border
15 July 2014 11:17

A significant deterioration of the situation at the Ukrainian-Russian state border has been recently observed. In this regard the Ukrainian Side would like to draw attention to the following systematic facts of provocations and violations of the Ukrainian state border when many people were killed and wounded.

 

On 2 July 2014, organized armed groups illegally crossed the Ukrainian-Russian state border from the territory of the Russian Federation and launched a mortar attack on a unit of the Air Defence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the town of Milove (Lugansk region of Ukraine). The same illegal groups shelled the Russian border checkpoint «Novoshakhtinsk».

 

On 3 July 2014, organized armed groups arrived from the territory of the Russian Federation and launched armed assault on the Ukrainian border checkpoint «Dovzhansky» using mortar and grenade weapons.

 

On 9 July 2014, 6 helicopters Mi-8, Mi-17 and Mi-24 of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation illegally crossed the Ukrainian state border in Lugansk region.

 

On 10 July 2014, Russian helicopters Ka-52 were observed nearby the town of Blahovischenka (Lugansk region of Ukraine).

 

There were several violations of Ukraine’s airspace by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that flew from Russia.

 

On 12 July 2014, there was a mortar attack from the area of Kuybisheve (Rostov region of the Russian Federation) against the Ukrainian border checkpoint «Marinivka».

 

On 13 July 2014, Russian military tanks and multiple rocket launchers Grad entered the Ukrainian city of Lugansk.

 

On 14 July 2014, Ukrainian aircraft An-26 was shot down at the altitude of 6,500 meters, which is out of the range of portable airdefence missile systems used by terrorists i teh Eastern Ukraine. This plane was downed by more sophisticated weapon, most probably from the territory of Russia.

 

Despite repeated requests from the Ukrainian Side, the Russian Border Service does not take any steps to prevent numerous violations of the state border of Ukraine by illegally armed individuals and military equipment from Russia.

 

The Russian Side cynically ignores the undeniable fact that violent activities of terrorists, supported by Russia, bring more and more casualties among the Ukrainian soldiers and civilians in the Eastern Ukraine.

 

At the same time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation unreasonably and unfoundedly accuses the Armed Forces of Ukraine of shelling Russia's territory.

 

Actions of the Russian Side are aimed at destabilizing Ukraine. The Ukrainian Side strongly demands that the Russian authorities must stop such provocations at the border, as well as all kinds of support, which Russia keeps providing for terrorist armed groups in the Eastern regions of Ukraine.

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