Russia: 2 Men Shot Its Troops at Firing Range, Killing 11

Attackers were from a former Soviet nation, defense officials say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2022 4:10 PM CDT
11 Troops Killed in Attack at Firing Range, Russia Says
This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows Russian tanks and armored vehicles near the Ukrainian border in the Belgorod region of Russia in April.   (Planet Labs PBC via AP)

Two men on Saturday fired at troops 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 in southwestern Russia that borders Ukraine. It said that the two men from an unnamed ex-Soviet nation fired on soldiers during target practice and were killed by return fire. The ministry called the incident a terrorist attack, the AP reports.

The shooting comes during a hasty mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin to beef up Russian forces in Ukraine—a move that triggered protests and caused hundreds of thousands to flee Russia. Putin said on Friday that over 220,000 reservists already had been called up as part of an effort to recruit 300,000. Even though the Russian leader declared that only people who had recently served in the military will be subject to the call-up, activists and rights groups reported military conscription offices rounding up people without any army experience—some of whom were also unfit for service for medical reasons. Authorities have acknowledged that the mobilization was often poorly organized and promised to improve the situation.

(Read more Russia stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.