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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Diplomats invited to see shell site

Published 15/07/2014 | 08:03

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Officials examine a house in the Russian town of Donetsk, where a Ukrainian shell is alleged to have killed one person and seriously injured two others (AP Photo/Sergei Pivovarov)

Russia has invited foreign military attaches to visit a border town where Moscow claims a Ukrainian shell has killed one person.

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Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops have fought each other for three months in eastern Ukraine, killing more than 400 people and displacing tens of thousands.

Moscow last week accused Ukraine of spreading the unrest to its territory.

Russian media reported on Sunday that a Ukrainian shell had hit a building in the town of Donetsk, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing shells on to foreign soil.

Today, Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov as saying that 18 diplomats and a group of foreign journalists will visit the site this afternoon. He described the invitation as "an act of goodwill".

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