16:14 Aug. 12, 2016
Intelligence representative says soldiers failed to identify fellow troops
The exchange of gunfire on late August 6 near Armiansk in Crimea involved only Russian soldiers. That's according to Vadym Skibitskyi, Main Directorate of Intelligence's representative.
"According to our information, over the night on August 6-7 there was indeed a shootout between soldiers of Russia's armed forces and soldiers of Russia's border guards near Armiansk," Skibitskyi said during a briefing on Friday.
"The main reason is the units' failure to identify each other leading to fire for effect," he added.
Skibitskyi also said there were casualties, but the exact number is yet to be determined.
Russian FSB security service claims it has exposed and arrested a group of Ukrainians, who allegedly infiltrated Crimea to organise terrorist attacks on the peninsula. FSB says its officer was gunned down on late August 6 near Armiansk in northern Crimea after Russian servicemen attempted to arrest the Ukrainians.
Kyiv has called the allegations a provocation.
The conflict triggered a new turn of aggravation of ties between Russia and Ukraine. President Poroshenko ordered to enhance the level of combat readiness of all the formations and units serving at the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula and the militant-controlled Donbas territories. Ukrainian President has earlier reported around 40,000 Russian troops are stationed along the Ukraine-Russia border and on Ukraine's occupied territories.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's Defence Intelligence warn that combined Russian-separatist forces, operating in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, are plotting massive provocations along the whole contact line.