Moscow (IP) - At least 11 soldiers were killed and 15 more wounded at an armed attack at a Russian military training ground in the Belgorod region in southwestern Russia near the Ukraine border on Saturday.

Iran PressEurope: "On Saturday, two men opened fire on a group of volunteers who wished to fight in Ukraine, said the Russian defense ministry.

The deadly incident is the latest in a series of high-profile setbacks for Moscow's forces since the February 24 invasion.

Calling it a "terrorist attack," the Russian defense ministry said that the two shooters were nationals from a former Soviet republic and had been shot dead after the attack.

"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," news agency RIA said, quoting the statement of the defense ministry.

"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," it "aid.

"The two terrorists were eliminated in return fire," said Russian news agency Tass.

Authorities in Belgorod have repeatedly accused Ukraine of attacking targets in the city, including power lines and fuel and ammunitionSaturday'so far, Ukraine has not claimed responsibility.

The incident also comes as tens of thousands of newly drafted Russian men are sent to Ukraine, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The mobilization drive has triggered an exodus of hundreds of thousands of Russians unwilling to participate in the war.


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