Ukrainian military violates Russian border, Kremlin says
13 June 2014, 21:57 -- Russia on Friday claimed that the Ukrainian military had violated its border with at least one infantry combat vehicle. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency that the incursion took place on Friday, a day after Ukraine hit out over an alleged border violation by Russian tanks. President Vladimir Putin 'has told the foreign ministry to contact the Ukrainian side on the issue of the border violation by Ukrainian troops,' Peskov said.
Russian border guards said that a Ukrainian BMP armoured infantry vehicle was discovered Friday noon in the Rostov region's Kuibyshev district, AFP transmits.
The vehicle was 150 meters inside Russian territory, border guard spokesman Vaslily Malayev said. He added that it was empty but that its crew later returned to retrieve it. 'That attempt was thwarted by border guards and the trespassers withdrew,' he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
A Ukrainian Defence Ministry spokesman, Vladislav Seleznyov, said in Kiev that he would look into the accusations, but that he had doubts about them, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reported.
It is the first time Moscow claims that Kiev had violated the border since fighting between self-defense forces and government forces in eastern Ukraine began.
The incident comes one day after Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov accused the self-defense forces of bringing in at least three tanks from Russia in an area close to the border crossing mentioned by Malayev.
Experts, however, quickly pointed out that militants had probably taken the tanks from a Ukrainian depot, as photos and video footage showed vintage Soviet T-64 tanks that are no longer in service in Russia but still used by the Ukrainian armed forces.
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