At least 11 Russian soldiers have been killed at a military training ground in an incident dubbed a “terrorist attack” by local officials.
Another 15 people were injured during the incident, which saw two assailants open fire on the military recruits in the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine.
The Kremlin's defence ministry said two volunteer soldiers turned on their fellow troops before eventually being gunned down themselves.
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The recruits responsible, from an unnamed ex-Soviet nation, reportedly turned during a target practice exercise.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack, with forces from the invaded country recapturing the city of Kupiansk in the country's north-east.
“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.
“As a result of the shooting, 11 people were fatally wounded. Another 15 people with wounds of varying severity were taken to a medical facility.”
Vladimir Putin has been trying to boost Russian numbers in Ukraine, with thousands opting to flee the country rather than be conscripted.
Putin said on Friday that more than 220,000 reservists have been called up as he aims to add 300,000 personnel to his military.
There have been reports of anyone with army experience being called up to serve in Russia – even those unfit due to medical reasons.
Putin claimed earlier this week that the conscriptions are almost complete and that he will not be enforcing military call-ups again once it's finished.
The Mirror revealed on Friday that elite Iranian troops have secretly entered the Ukraine frontline to help Russia’s horror blitz.
Up to 50 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps specialists have been deployed to train Moscow’s forces in how to operate “Kamikaze drones.”
They were sent to the southern and eastern front with hundreds of Shahed-136 drones which have been hammering Ukrainian cities.
And in some attacks they are suspected of having controlled the flight path and targeting by the Shahed-136 drone teams.
It comes amid growing concerns in the Kremlin that Putin’s brutal war machine is failing and running out of missiles.
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