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Iran Press TV

Russia warns over cross-border shootings from Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:59PM GMT

Russia has warned that it may respond in case of more cross-border shootings from Ukraine's eastern regions where Kiev is staging military operations against pro-Russia forces.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the remarks on Friday amid recent shelling from Ukraine into Russia's Rostov region.

'We have already warned that if this (recent shelling incident) continues then we will take measures. At least if it is clear that this has been done deliberately I am convinced that such a firing position should be neutralized as a one-off measure' Lovrov noted.

In addition, Lavrov said that Moscow "have delivered a serious warning to our Ukrainian colleagues.'

This is while Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said earlier today that Moscow had requested Kiev to explain the shelling of Russian territories.

The Russian Rostov region has recently seen over a dozen shells hitting the area, which borders Ukraine's eastern Lugansk region, where Ukrainian troops are fighting pro-Russian forces.

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking parts in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since the government in Kiev launched military operations in mid-April in a bid to crush the pro-Russia protests.

Violence intensified in May after Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the ongoing military campaign in Ukraine, which has also forced tens of thousands to escape to Russia, with the majority arriving to the Russian Rostov region.

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