16 Oct 2022

At least 11 dead after attack on Russian army recruits training to fight in Ukraine

10:39 am on 16 October 2022
Russian soldiers walks along a street in Mariupol as Russian troops intensify a campaign to take the strategic port city.

Russia has put out a call for more volunteers and mobilised recruits in its war against Ukraine. Photo: AFP

At least 11 people have been killed after an attack at a Russian military training ground.

During a firearms training session, two men opened fire on a group who had volunteered to fight in Ukraine, state-owned news agency Ria reported.

The attackers were from a former Soviet republic, the Russian defence ministry said, but did not give further details.

They were also shot dead during the incident in the Belgorod region of Russia, which borders Ukraine.

A further 15 people were wounded.

"During a firearms training session with individuals who voluntarily expressed a desire to participate in the special military operation [against Ukraine], the terrorists opened fire with small arms on the personnel of the unit," Ria cited a defence ministry statement as saying.

"As a result of the shooting, 11 people were fatally wounded. Another 15 people with wounds of varying severity were taken to a medical facility," it said.

Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilisation of 300,000 Russians who had previously done compulsory military service.

The order sparked protests across Russia, and a surge of people attempting to leave the country.

Defence minister Sergei Shoigu announced in early October that more than 200,000 reservists had already been drafted.


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