KIEV: Ukraine is under Russian artillery fire and land incursions on its northern and southern borders, the border guards said on Thursday, adding that Ukrainian troops were fighting back.
The border guards said Russian troops were backed by Belarus and launched the attack from Crimea, the Russian-occupied peninsula on the southern flank of Ukraine.
“Attacks on border units, border detachments and checkpoints are carried out with the use of artillery, heavy equipment and small arms,” the border guards’ statement said.
“The work of enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups is also recorded.”
The statement was issued as a Ukrainian interior ministry official reported the fall of the previously government-held town of Shchastya, on the eastern frontline with a rebel-held enclave.