Military Training Facility Attacked Killing 11 And Wounding 15 More

Russian Soldiers

The Russian state news agency TASS reports that at least 11 people were killed and 15 others were wounded when two gunmen opened fire on Russian military recruits at a training ground in the Belgorod region.

Gunmen were said to have been from former Soviet states, according to TASS, which cited the Russian Defense Ministry. The Russian government has deemed the attack terrorism.

“TASS reports that 11 people were killed, 15 were injured and receiving medical attention as a result of a terrorist attack on a military training ground in the Belgorod region,” said the report.

“The attack took place during a training session with volunteers preparing for an operation. Small-arms fire was used by the terrorists against the members of the unit.”

In retaliatory fire at the training ground, two individuals who committed the “terrorist act” were killed.

In response, a Russian Investigative Committee statement said a criminal investigation has begun into the incident.

“A criminal case has been initiated by the Main Military Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia,” read the statement.

On the Ukrainian border, Belgorod is located in western Russia.

Later, Belgorod city’s governor said that no civilians had been killed.

“Something terrible happened on our territory yesterday. A terrorist act was committed. Many servicemen were killed and wounded,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram.

“No residents of the Belgorod region were injured or killed,” he said.

Many of the men killed were called up in Russia’s conscription which is essentially a draft to get as many fresh bodies as possible. The issue they are going to have is most of those people don’t have a will to fight. Meaning many of them could be led into a slaughter.

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