At least 11 Russian volunteer soldiers were killed and another 15 injured in a “terrorist” massacre at a military shooting range, Russian officials said.

The two shooters – from a former Soviet Republic – opened fired at the troops during target practice at a range in the Belgorod region in southwestern Russia, an area that borders Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

“During a firearms training session with individuals who voluntarily expressed a desire to participate in the special military operation (against Ukraine), the terrorists opened fire with small arms on the personnel of the unit,” the ministry said in a statement.

Though Russia did not disclose the nationality of the assailants, Ukrainian presidential advisor Oleksiy Arestovych claimed in a YouTube interview that the attackers were from the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan, a predominately Muslim nation, and fired at the Russian soldiers following an argument over religion. Roughly half of the Russian population follows Christianity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently declared he would drastically increase his military forces in Ukraine. More than 220,000 reservists already had been called up as part of an effort to recruit 300,000, he said.

Remnants of Russian shelling in an overnight strike hit an apartment building in Konstantinovka, eastern Ukraine on October 14.
Remnants of Russian shelling in an overnight strike hit an apartment building in Konstantinovka, eastern Ukraine on October 14.
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As many as 65,000 Russian troops have been killed during the invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed Saturday, though the actual total is unclear. Last month, the Kremlin claimed only 5,937 of its troops had perished.

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