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Russia claimed today that it has killed five members of an alleged Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group that would have entered Russian territory, something Ukrainian official sources denied and branded as fake news.
“Five Russian border violators from a sabotage and reconnaissance group were eliminated in an armed clash,” the Southern Military District said, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.
The Border Department of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) further claimed to the same agency that a unit of theirs in the Rostov region, together with detachments of the Southern Military District, discovered this morning “an unknown group of two infantry vehicles violating the Ukrainian border with Russia.”
“The group was stopped and destroyed amid armed resistance,” the Russian Secret Service noted, always according to Interfax.
Ukrainian government sources called this information false and stated that “not a single one of our soldiers has crossed the border with Russia, not a single one has been killed today.”
Shortly before, Russia had denounced that a projectile launched from Ukrainian territory completely destroyed a border outpost, something that the Kyiv government also denied.
As the FSB told the Russian agency Interfax, “an unidentified projectile fired from Ukrainian territory completely destroyed a Border Guard outpost in the Rostov region, about 150 meters from the Russian-Ukrainian border.”
“The Russian statement on the shelling of the Russian border guards’ outpost is a provocation,” the Ukrainian Border Guard Service said in a statement.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said in a message on his official Twitter account that Ukraine “did not attack Donetsk and Lugansk, did not send saboteurs and armored personnel carriers to Russia, did not shell Russian territory, did not shell a Russian border point, did not carry out acts of sabotage.”
“Ukraine does not plan to carry out such actions either,” he stressed while urging Russia “to stop its fake news manufacturing machine now.”