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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Border Guards Missing

MOSCOW -- Two Russian border guards were missing and feared dead after their patrol boat was hit by a Chinese fishing boat during anti-poaching operations in the Far East, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

The two guards disappeared Friday when they tried to stop the Chinese boat, which was suspected of poaching in Russian waters, the news agency reported. A Russian fishing inspector, who was in the border guard vessel, was rescued by the Chinese boat, Itar-Tass said.

Russian officials were investigating claims that the Chinese vessel rammed the patrol boat, the report said.