Russia military noted on Monday that troops and border guards prevented a “diversionary reconnaissance” group to cross the Russian border from Ukrainian territory and that five people had been killed, russian news reported agencies.
“Like a result of clashes, five people who violated the Russian border from a group of saboteurs were killed,” military noted in a statement, adding that the incident occurred near the village of Mitiakinskaya in the Rostov region at 6 a.m. (3 a.m. GMT). Interfax quoted Russian military as saying that the armed Ukrainians vehicles has been destroyed.
Ukraine rejected the report, calling it fake news, and said no force Ukrainian was not present in the Rostov region where the incident allegedly took place place.
“Not one one of our soldiers crossed the border with the Russian Federation, and not a single one was killed today”, Anton Gerashchenko, a official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, told reporters.
The reported incident took place at some point of extreme tension between the two countries as Russia continues to deny claims by the United States and its allies that it could invade Ukraine at any time.
Earlier on On Monday, Ukraine rejected a Russian claim that its forces bombed a border post, denouncing it as “false news” designed stir up tensions.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had previously alleged that a projectile fired from Ukraine had destroyed a border facility used by its guards.
A video released by the FSB showed a smallApparently, one- room discount with son roof and its walls collapsed in and a leaning Russian flag against scattered debris. This claim has heightened fears that Moscow is looking for a pretext to justify son military build-up on the border of Ukraine, which US intelligence services says is a invasion force. But the spokesman for Ukraine for son joint military transaction against Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine was unimpressed by the Russian allegation.
“They lead different provocations and produce false news every day, even a couple of times per day,” Pavlo Kovalchuk told reporters in Kramatorsk.
“We couldn’t stop them from producing this fake news but we still insist that we are not shooting at civilian infrastructure,” he said.
“We don’t use artillery to shoot back to the occupying forces,” he added, referring to Moscow-backed rebels holding parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Washington has repeatedly warned that Moscow is trying to justify a plan invasion by planting fake stories of Ukrainian aggression.
Leaders backed by Russia in rebel enclaves in Donetsk and Lugansk ordered general mobilization and evacuation of civilians as the shelling intensified.
FSB statement released just that Russian President Vladimir Putin was to chair an unscheduled meeting of his national Security Council.
“On February 21, at 09:50 (06:50 GMT), an unidentified projectile fired from Ukraine completely destroyed a border facility used by the FSB Border Guard Service in the Rostov region about 150 meters (490 feet) from the Russian-Ukrainian border,” he said.
The statement added that none one had been injured in the incident and that the Russian military engineers had arrived on the scene.
Ukraine combat separatists since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula after street protests in Kyiv ousted a pro-Moscow president.
Over 14,000 people to have already deceased in the fights.
Kyivles western allies warned in these last weeks of an escalation in the dispute with Mass of Russia more more than 150,000 troops around Ukraine.
The southern Rostov region where the FSB said the bombing took placedeclared a state of emergency last week over an anticipated influx of civilians in rebel-held territories.