ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 30 (RIA Novosti) - About 120 people were evacuated from Russian checkpoint Matveyev Kurgan due to shelling at the adjacent Ukrainian checkpoint Uspenka, Russia’s Border Guard Service in the Rostov Region Vasily Malayev told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
"There were about 120 people crossing the border between Uspenka and Matveyev Kurgan at the time of the shelling. Border guards evacuated them to a safe distance,” Malayev stated.
According to him, around 11:00 p.m. (19:00 GMT) the checkpoint Uspenka was shelled from the Ukrainian side.
Malayev added that there were no casualties.
Several Russian checkpoints have been closed recently due to the firing from Ukrainian territory as clashes continue between Ukraine’s National Guard forces and independence supporters near the border.
The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned the shelling of the Russian territory, urged Kiev to stop the attacks immediately and warned that such provocations might have irreversible consequences.