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Two Buildings Damaged in Russia Following Artillery Firing in Ukraine

RIA Novosti

11:49 03/07/2014

ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 3 (RIA Novosti) - A bus and a customs terminals have been damaged as a result of an artillery firing from the Ukrainian territory which hit Novoshakhtinsk border crossing post located in Russia, a representative of Southern regions' customs service told RIA Novosti Thursday.

"At the moment, the specialists are looking for dud munition," he told RIA Novosti, adding that two buildings have been damaged following the firing.

He also said that a number of officers working at the checkpoint have been evacuated in the early hours of Thursday.

"At 4:40 a.m. local time (00:40 GMT) officials of Novoshakhtinsk were evacuated due to combat operations in Ukraine," he said.

Russian Federal Security Service said earlier on Thursday that as a result of the firing at Dolzhansky Ukrainian border crossing post, shared with the Novoshakhtinsk border crossing post located in Russia, several shells landed and exploded.

None of the employees were injured, according to the Federal Security Service.

Several Russian border checkpoints have been closed recently due to the firing from Ukrainian territory. Gukovo, Donetsk and Novoshakhtinsk checkpoints were shut down as people were reported wounded in the fighting between the National Guard forces and independence supporters near border checkpoints.

These border control posts have been the major gates for the refugees fleeing the Ukrainian territory and seeking asylum in Russia, the customs service said.

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