Moscow threat after fatal cross-border shelling from Ukraine

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 4:19am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 4:19am

Moscow threatened Kiev yesterday with "irreversible consequences" after a man was killed by a shell fired across the border from Ukraine.

Although both sides have reported cross-border shootings in the past, this is the first time Moscow has reported a fatality on its side of the border from the three-month conflict which has killed hundreds of people in Ukraine.

Ukraine denied its forces had fired across the border and suggested such an attack could have been the work of rebels trying to provoke Moscow into intervening on their behalf. The rebels denied they were responsible.

Russia's Investigative Committee said it had launched a criminal case for murder after a shell landed in the yard of a house in a small town on the Russian side of the frontier, killing a man and wounding a woman.

The Russian town is called Donetsk, sharing the name with the Ukrainian city the rebels have declared capital of an independent "people's republic".