11 killed, 15 wounded at Russian firing range


Two men opened fire on troops at a Russian military firing range near Ukraine on Saturday, killing 11 and wounding 15, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement that the shooting took place in the Belgorod region of southwestern Russia, which borders Ukraine. Two of his men, from an unnamed former Soviet country, allegedly opened fire on a soldier during a shooting exercise and died in a counterattack.

The ministry called the incident a terrorist attack.

The shooting came amid a hasty mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin to reinforce Russian forces in Ukraine. The move sparked protests and caused hundreds of thousands to flee Russia.

Putin said on Friday that more than 220,000 reservists had already been called up as part of an effort to recruit 300,000.

Russia’s leader has declared that only those who have recently completed military service will be eligible for the call-up, but activists and rights groups have reported that the recruiting office has rounded up people with no military experience. for medical reasons.

Some freshly called up reservists posted videos of being forced to sleep on the floor or outdoors and given rusty weapons before being sent to the front lines.

Authorities acknowledged that mobilization was often unorganized and promised to remedy the situation.