Eleven Russian soldiers were killed and 15 wounded in an attack on a military firing range, Russian officials said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the incident took place in the Belgorod region of southwestern Russia, which is just across the border with Ukraine, according to The Associated Press on Saturday.
The two men who opened fire were killed. Russian officials said the men were from a former Soviet republic, which officials did not name.
“During a firearms training session with people who have voluntarily expressed a desire to take part in the special military operation [against Ukraine]terrorists opened fire with small arms on the unit’s personnel,” state news agency RIA reported, according to the BBC.
The incident could not be independently verified, the New York Times noted.
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Reuters reported that an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyur Zelenskyy said in an interview that the attackers were from Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, and that the shooting began after a religious dispute.
Russia is mobilizing reservists as part of its war against Ukraine. Russian leader Vladimir Putin said Friday more than 220,000 reservists had been called up and said his target of 300,000 reservists would be reached in two weeks.
A recent report in The Washington Post highlighted how Russia is replenishing the ranks of its army.
The report said that in a recruitment raid in Moscow, “[a] Man from Moscow service agency, heavily drunk, mid-50s, disabled” was among those arrested.
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The Post report quoted a man, identified only by the first name “Evgeny,” as saying he hid at a relative’s vacation home “far from Moscow” to avoid serving in the Russian army.
“I don’t want to kill people and I don’t want to be killed, so I really have to hold back now,” he told the newspaper. “But I don’t feel safe here either. We live in a time when your neighbors could write about you. You could call the police and say that a young man lives in this house when he is supposed to be fighting fascists in Ukraine.”
He said some who initially supported the war no longer do so.
“I have some friends who supported the war and believed that there are Nazis there who are killing poor Ukrainians and that Ukrainians should be liberated and so on. But they change their mind after the mobilization. They started asking questions and looking for information on the Internet,” Yevgeny said.
“They don’t want to die, especially when you don’t understand why you should die,” he said. “What’s the point?”
The raids to secure soldiers were not popular.
Andrei Klishas, who is a member of Putin’s United Russia party, said they might even be illegal, according to the Post.
“It’s illegal to randomly grab everyone on the street,” he said.
Some of the conscripts claimed to have given them rusty weapons, while others reported that the mobilized men were killed when they reached the front because they were not properly trained.
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