Ukraine's State Border Service has no confirmation of FSB report about alleged shootout with Ukrainian at joint border
The State Border Service of Ukraine has not yet received any confirmation of the information disseminated by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) about the detention of a Ukrainian citizen who allegedly started a shootout while trying to cross the border illegally.
"Probably, this is another one of Russia's provocations, we have not yet found the information confirming the detention of the Ukrainian at the border," Oleh Slobodian, an assistant to the head of the State Border Service of Ukraine told Espreso.TV on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian border guards continue to examine this matter, he added.
Earlier on Monday, October 23, the FSB reported a Ukrainian citizen carrying handguns, grenades, and, presumably, mercury has exchanged fire with Russian border guards when trying to illegally cross the border. "Officers of the Federal Security Service's border department in the Kursk region have detained a 31-year-old citizen of Ukraine for illegally crossing the state border into Russia," FSB said.
The FSB claims man opened fire when the border guards tried to detain him and intended to escape to Ukraine. "He sustained medium-grave injuries in the shootout," FSB said. According to them, two handguns, five grenades, 50 cartridges of caliber 5.45mm, and 26 ampoules presumably containing mercury were seized from the trespasser.