Russia now threatens Ukraine with “irreversible consequences” because one man died in an incident with a shell fired from Ukraine border. Moscow described the incident as “warlike” in terms of aggression.
Both sides did report cross-border shooting but this is the first time that Russia reports fatalities since the Ukrainian conflict began. Kiev declared that the accusations are “total nonsense”. The suggestions is that the attack was caused by rebels that want Moscow to intervene.
According to Interfax, fighting started on the outskirts of Luhansk, a city controlled by rebels and close to the Russian border.
Grigory Karasin, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, declared:
“This represents a qualitative escalation of the danger to our citizens, now even on our own territory. Of course this naturally cannot pass without a response.”
Ukraine denies the accusations through Andriy Lysenko, National Security and Defence Council spokesman:
“The forces of the anti-terrorist operation do not fire on the territory of a neighboring country and they do not fire on residential areas. We have many examples of terrorists carrying out provocation shooting, including into Russian territory, and then accusing Ukrainian forces to it.”
Rebels instantly denied blame. Andrey Prugin, self-proclaimed first deputy prime minister stated that he was “90% certain” that Ukrainian troops were responsible.