Russian Military Training Base Suffers 11 Casualties As Unknown Gunmen Invades The Camp.

Gunmen have killed 11 people in an attack at a Russian military training ground on Saturday.

At least 15 others were injured.

During a firearms training session at the Russian military base, two men opened fire on a group who had volunteered to fight in Ukraine, state-owned news agency Ria reported.

The attackers were from a former Soviet republic, the Russian defence ministry said, but did not give further details, BBC reports.

The killers were however shot dead during the incident in the Belgorod region of Russia, which borders Ukraine.

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,” Ria cited a defence ministry statement as saying.

“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 said.

The local governor said no residents of the Belgorod region had been killed or injured.

Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a mobilisation of 300,000 Russians who had previously done compulsory military service.

The order sparked protests across Russia and a surge of people attempting to leave the country.

Soon after the mobilisation was announced, a military recruiter was shot at an enlistment office in Siberia.

Last week, Putin announced that over 200,000 people had already been mobilised, and he saw no need for additional mobilisation.

Meanwhile, United Nations envoy Pramila Patten recently stated that rapes and sexual assaults attributed to Moscow’s forces in Ukraine are part of a Russian “military strategy and a deliberate tactic to dehumanise the victims.”

Pramila who is the UN special representative on sexual violence during an interview on Thursday told AFP that it was clearly a military strategy.

She explained that the victims are mostly women and girls, also men and boys, adding that reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg.

She said, “All the indications are there.

“When women are held for days and raped, when you start to rape little boys and men, when you see a series of genital mutilations, when you hear women testify about Russian soldiers equipped with Viagra, it’s clearly a military strategy.

“And when the victims report what was said during the rapes, it is clearly a deliberate tactic to dehumanise the victims.

“The United Nations has verified more than a hundred cases of rape or sexual assaults in Ukraine since Russia invaded in February, Ms Patten said, referring to a UN report released in late September.

“The report confirmed crimes against humanity committed by the Russian forces, and according to gathered testimonies, the age of the victims of sexual violence ranges from four to 82.”

“The victims are mostly women and girls, but also men and boys,” she added.

“But reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg.”

“It’s very difficult to have reliable statistics during an active conflict, and the numbers will never reflect reality, because sexual violence is a silent crime that is largely underreported,” she added.