MOSCOW, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry sent a note of protest to Ukraine over the border violation by Ukrainian soldiers, an official statement said Friday.
Moscow has demanded Kiev to stop provocations on the Russian border, which "hamper the incipient process of restoring the bilateral Russian-Ukrainian dialogue" and violate the fundamental norms of international law, the ministry said.
"The state border was violated by armed units, as an infantry fighting vehicles crossed the border. An attempt was made to defy Russian border guards' orders," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
An infantry fighting vehicle of Ukrainian armed forces crossed the Russian state border in the Rostov region of southwestern Russia earlier in the day, according to the Itar-Tass news agency. Russian border guards detained the vehicle and its crewmen retreated. The later attempt to retrieve the vehicle was stopped by the guards. No arms was used and no casualties reported.
The investigation is underway. There are no responses from Kiev up till now.
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