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Eleven dead, 15 wounded in shooting at Russian military training facility

Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Armed Forces Vladimir Putin observed the main stage of Vostok-2018 military manoeuvres. With Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces, First Deputy Defence Minister Valery Gerasimov. (

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

At least 11 people were killed and 15 wounded on October 15 at a military training ground in the Belgorod region of Russia when two attackers opened fire on a group of volunteers, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said two volunteer soldiers fired at other troops at the training ground, described as a Russian military firing range.

The ministry said in a statement that the shooting occurred as volunteers trained to fight in Ukraine.

It said that two of the volunteers fired on other soldiers during target practice and were shot dead by return fire. The two were nationals from a former Soviet republic, the ministry said, but did not give any other details.