Russia to Ukraine: We can monitor border together

Russia held military drills on Wednesday in the Krasnodar region not far from the Ukrainian border. Troops fired various weapons, including rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rifles. (Reuters)
July 10

MOSCOW — A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says Moscow is willing to invite its Ukrainian counterparts to monitor the border together.

Pro-Russia rebels have been fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine for more than three months, leaving at least 400 dead. Kiev has accused Moscow of supplying the rebels with weapons and smuggling them across the border. Moscow denies this claim.

Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that Russia could invite Ukrainian border guards to patrol the border together at two border posts. Lukashevich added, however, this would only be possible in case of a cease-fire.

The rebels have several Ukrainian border posts under their control and Ukraine has unsuccessfully demanded them back.

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Cars pass an empty pro-Russian checkpoint after heavy fighting between pro-Russian fighters and Ukrainian government troops outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The rebels fled Slovyansk, a city of 100,000 that had been their stronghold, over the weekend as Ukrainian troops mounted an offensive. They left behind a city heavily damaged by fighting and riven by vehemently differing views. (Evgeniy Maloletka/Associated Press)
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