Two volunteer soldiers fired at other troops on Saturday at a Russian military firing range near Ukraine, killing 11 and wounding 15 others before being killed, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The ministry said in a statement that the shooting took place in the Belgorod region of southwestern Russia on the border with Ukraine. He said the two volunteers from an unnamed former Soviet nation fired on other soldiers during shooting tests and were killed by return fire.
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The ministry called the incident a terrorist attack.
The shooting comes amid a hasty mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin to bolster Russian forces in Ukraine, a move that sparked protests and caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee Russia.
Putin said Friday that more than 220,000 reservists had already been called in as part of an effort to recruit 300,000.
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Although the Russian leader said that only people who have recently served in the military will be subject to the summons, activists and human rights groups have reported that military conscripts have gathered people with no military experience, some of them. who were also unable to serve for medical reasons.
Some of the newly called reservists posted videos of them being forced to sleep on the ground or even outside and given rusty weapons before being sent to the front lines.
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The authorities acknowledged that the mobilization was often poorly organized and promised to improve the situation.