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Published: Sunday, 7/13/2014

Putin cites ‘grave concern’ over rocket hit

1 killed, 2 injured by Ukrainian shell near border

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.
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MOSCOW — Russia’s foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and injuring two others.

Ukraine denied firing a shell into Russian territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed “grave concern” over the incident, Russian news agencies quoted his spokesman as saying.

Russia’s foreign ministry labeled the event a provocation and warned of the possibility of “irreversible consequences, the responsibility for which lies on the Ukrainian side.”

Russia said the shell hit the courtyard of a residential building in the Russian town of Donetsk — near the Ukrainian city of the same name that has become a rebel stronghold — early on Sunday.

Ukraine’s restless east has been mired in a pro-Russian separatist insurgency against the Kiev government.

Ukrainian officials denied that any Ukrainian shells had fallen on Russian territory. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, was quoted by Interfax Ukraine as saying that Ukrainian forces “do not fire on the territory of a neighboring country. They do not fire on residential areas.” He placed blame for the attack on the rebels.



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