Kremlin calls for more steps to strengthen security at Ukraine border

Kremlin calls for more steps to strengthen security at Ukraine border

The Kremlin is calling for additional measures to strengthen security at the Ukraine border.

Additional steps will be necessary to strengthen security in Russia's regions bordering Ukraine due to repeated shelling by Kiev forces s forces, President Vladimir Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

This comes after a Ukrainian artillery strike on Solokhi, a village in Belgorod Region, about 11 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, left seven Russian civilians injured and one dead on Wednesday.

This situation shows the need to introduce additional measures to strengthen security in regions bordering Ukraine, Peskov told a press briefing.

He said that the Russian military could comment on other measures that could be taken in connection with such attacks.

On Wednesday, Belgorod Region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote about the attack on Solokhi on social media, saying 17 houses and six cars were damaged as a result of the shelling and that a 14-year-old boy was among the injured.

In recent weeks, the Belgorod Region has been shelled by Ukrainian forces several times, but Solokhi attack is the first that has resulted in a confirmed civilian death.

Russia s Defense Ministry warned that it would intensify strikes on targets in Ukraine if the country s armed forces continued to carry out attacks within Russia. The ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov stated that if such attempts continue, the Russian Federation's Armed Forces will strike at the decision-making centers, including Kiev, which we have so far refrained from. Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk Agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it plans to retake the two republics by force.