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Russia’s attack on fellow soldiers took place after a “dispute about religion”, claims Ukraine

Advisor to the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky – said two Russian volunteers who opened fire on fellow volunteers carried out an attack on a military base after a dispute about religion.

At least 11 people were killed and 15 injured as a result of shooting at a military training ground in Belgorod region in the southwest of the country. Russia This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Russia on Saturday. Two attackers were shot dead.

This was reported by Reuters Aleksei Orestovichan adviser to Zelensky, said in a YouTube interview that the attackers were from the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan and opened fire on the others after a religious dispute.

Tajikistan is predominantly Muslim, while about half of Russians follow various branches of Christianity. The Russian ministry said the attackers were from the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes nine former Soviet republics, including Tajikistan.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the comments of Orestovich, a well-known war commentator.

Independent Russian news site Sota Vision reported that the attack took place in the town of Soloty, near the Ukrainian border and about 105 km (65 miles) southeast of Belgorod.

Russian state media RIA cites a statement from the Ministry of Defense:

During shooting training with individuals who voluntarily expressed their desire to participate in a military special operation [against Ukraine]terrorists opened fire with small arms on the personnel of the unit.

The terrorist attack took place a week after an explosion damaged a bridge in Crimea, which connects it with Russia.

The conscripted Russians were sent to Moscow to combat coordination areas earlier this month. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Key events

Andrei Nikiforova lawyer from St. Petersburg, was one of hundreds of thousands of Russians mobilized since last month to man the front lines of his country’s volatile war in Ukraine. On September 25, he received notices about the draft. By October 7, just two weeks later, he was dead.

“We don’t know what happened,” he said Alexander Zelensky, the head of the Neva Bar Association, of which Nikiforov was a member. Zelensky and a member of Nikiforov’s family confirmed his enlistment and death. “We only have a date and a place.”

This place was Lysichansk, one of the most dangerous places on the front line.

The first coffins with the remains of ordinary Russians, who were first promised a quick “special operation” and now called to fight, are returning to Russia from Ukraine. Their deaths could mark another turning point for Russia in a conflict that is home to at least half a million people. men were drafted or fled their homes to avoid it.

Andrei Roth Moscow has the full story:

The number of dead in Russia has reached 65,000, the Ukrainian military says

According to estimates of the Ukrainian military, the number of Russians killed since the beginning of the war has reached 65,000.

Today’s morning message of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine states that the number of dead has increased by 300 people in the last 24 hours.

It adds that the number of tanks lost reached 2,529 units, and 5,193 armored vehicles were also destroyed.

Vladimir Zelensky said that the situation in eastern Ukraine is “most difficult” in the area of ​​the city of Bakhmut, a few days after pro-Russian forces announced their approach to the city.

“A very difficult situation persists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions” in Donbass, the President of Ukraine said in his daily message on Saturday.

The most difficult, as in the past days, near Bakhmut. We hold our positions for now.

Agence France-Presse also reported that Zelensky’s comments came after Russian-backed separatist forces in Ukraine’s Donetsk region said on Thursday they had captured two nearby villages, Opytyna and Ivangrad.

Russian forces have been pounding Bakhmut, a wine and salt-mining town of 70,000 for weeks, hoping to capture the city.

A woman crosses the Bakhmutka River on a makeshift wooden bridge next to a destroyed bridge in Bakhmutka, eastern Ukraine, following Russian attacks
A woman crosses the Bakhmutka River on a makeshift wooden bridge next to a destroyed bridge in Bakhmutka, eastern Ukraine, following Russian attacks. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images

Shelling by Ukrainian forces damaged the Donetsk city administration building, the Russian-backed city administration reported on Sunday.

Reuters reported on the Telegram messaging app that the building’s main entrance was smashed and several cars nearby were damaged.

There was no immediate reaction Ukraine to an attack on the eastern city, which is the capital of the Donetsk region and is controlled by Russian-backed forces.

As a result of the attack on the military base in the Belgorod region of Russia, no civilians were killed, but many soldiers were killed and wounded, the governor of the Belgorod region said on Sunday morning.

Vyacheslav Gladkov Reuters quotes a statement on the Telegram messaging app:

A terrible event happened on our territory, on the territory of one of the military bases.

Many soldiers were killed and wounded … Among the wounded and killed residents of the Belgorod region are not.

Gladkov did not say how many soldiers died. The Russian state news agency RIA, citing the Ministry of Defense, reported 11 dead and 15 wounded.

Some Russian independent media report that the number of victims exceeds official figures.

Russia’s attack on fellow soldiers took place after a “dispute about religion”, claims Ukraine

Advisor to the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky – said two Russian volunteers who opened fire on fellow volunteers carried out an attack on a military base after a dispute about religion.

At least 11 people were killed and 15 injured as a result of shooting at a military training ground in Belgorod region in the southwest of the country. Russia This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Russia on Saturday. Two attackers were shot dead.

This was reported by Reuters Aleksei Orestovichan adviser to Zelensky, said in a YouTube interview that the attackers were from the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan and opened fire on the others after a religious dispute.

Tajikistan is predominantly Muslim, while about half of Russians follow various branches of Christianity. The Russian ministry said the attackers were from the Commonwealth of Independent States, which includes nine former Soviet republics, including Tajikistan.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the comments of Orestovich, a well-known war commentator.

Independent Russian news site Sota Vision reported that the attack took place in the town of Soloty, near the Ukrainian border and about 105 km (65 miles) southeast of Belgorod.

Russian state media RIA cites a statement from the Ministry of Defense:

During shooting training with individuals who voluntarily expressed their desire to participate in a military special operation [against Ukraine]terrorists opened fire with small arms on the personnel of the unit.

The terrorist attack took place a week after an explosion damaged a bridge in Crimea, which connects it with Russia.

The conscripted Russians were sent to Moscow to combat coordination areas earlier this month
The conscripted Russians were sent to Moscow to combat coordination areas earlier this month. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Summary

Hello and welcome back to The Guardian’s live coverage of the war in the Ukraine. Here’s a summary of the latest news and nightly events in Kyiv just after 9:30 AM.

  • At least 11 people have been killed and 15 injured at a military training ground in southwestern Russia’s Belgorod region after an attack by two volunteers. opened fire on other troops, reported the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The shooters were citizens of the former Soviet republic and were shot dead after Saturday’s shooting, the ministry said, calling it a terrorist attack. Russian news website Baza, closely linked to police, said the attack took place at 10 a.m. local time during a live-fire training exercise.

  • Elon Musk announced that his company SpaceX will continue to pay for Starlink satellite internet in Ukrainea day after the proposal he could not continue financing the project. “Screw him,” the billionaire tweeted on Saturday. “Even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions of taxpayer dollars, we’re just going to keep funding Ukraine government for free.”

  • Russia continues its attempts to attack Ukraine’s energy infrastructure but Vladimir Putin’s troops do not seem to have achieved significant success. However, one missile seriously damaged a key energy facility in the region around the Ukrainian capital, while 10 missiles and four drones hit the southeastern city of Zaporozhye.

  • Ukrainian troops repelled Russian attacks on 11 settlementsKyiv Independent writes. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian troops tried to advance in the area of ​​the settlements of Navosadovo, Yakovlavka, Berestovo, Bakhmut, Bakhmutskoe, Opytnoe, Krasnahorovka, Nevelskoe, Pershamaiske, Marinka and Peremozhets.

  • France will train up to 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers on its territory, – said the Minister of the Armed Forces of France in an interview with the newspaper Le Parisien on Saturday. Sebastien Leakorniu said the soldiers “will be accepted into our units for a few weeks” and that France would also provide Ukraine with Crotale air defense systems, without specifying how many.

  • Iran reiterated that it rejects accusations of supplying Russia with weapons “for use in the war in Ukraine”, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country. This topic should be discussed by EU foreign ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. In a statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian “stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not provided and will not provide any weapons for use in the war in Ukraine.”

  • The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine revealed the identity of “Ghost of Vinnytsia”, which replaced “Ghost of Kyiv”which turned out to be propaganda. The pilot, named Vadym, has been Ukraine’s top fighter jet for the past few weeks following multiple reports of Russian losses in Ukrainian skies.

  • In the Belgorod region of Russia bordering Ukraine, a combustible warehouse caught fire after shelling on saturday – said his governorwithout specifying the origin of the shelling.

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia confirmed the re-equipment of Belarusian Su-25 aircraft for nuclear weapons, according to the Belarusian Khayun project.

  • Ukrainian troops went on the offensive in the village Kherson regionwrites Kyiv Independent until it is confirmed by Ukraine.

  • Dane Partridge, a 34-year-old man from Idaho who served as a volunteer in Ukrainedied on Tuesday from wounds received during the Russian attack in Luhansk, reports AP.

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