Kremlin demands Ukraine apology over border 'shooting': reports

20th June 2014, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Friday demanded an apology from Kiev over the "shooting" of a border post from Ukrainian territory that led to the wounding of a customs official, the Kremlin said.

"The Russian side is waiting for an explanation and an apology in connection with this," the Kremlin press office said according to Russian agencies.

Russian investigators said earlier Friday they were probing the alleged shooting in the Dolzhansky border area close to where Ukrainian forces had been battling rebel fighters.

The Kremlin pointedly said the incident -- in which it claimed a Russian checkpoint building was destroyed -- came as new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced a week-long unilateral ceasefire aimed at easing fierce fighting in the east of the country.

Moscow blasted the latest peace initiative from Kiev as little more than a veiled threat to pro-Russian rebels to surrender and said direct talks with the insurgents were needed.

"A first analysis unfortunately shows that it is not an invitation to peace and negotiations but an ultimatum for the militias in the south-east of Ukraine to give up their weapons," the Kremlin press service said.

© 2014 AFP

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