SERVANT Wounded: Young Russian shoots at draft center

Soldiers were injured
Young Russian shooting at draft center

A young man pulls out a gun and fires at a military employee at a Russian military draft office in Ust-Ilimsk, Siberia. He is seriously injured. The attack is believed to be due to the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of militants.

Days after partial mobilization was announced in Russia, someone opened fire at a draft center in Siberia, wounding a serviceman working there, according to the local governor. “In Ust-Ilimsk, a young man opened fire on the military registration and recruitment office,” Igor Kobzev, governor of the sparsely populated Irkutsk region, told Telegram. The wounded soldier was critically injured.

“The shooter was immediately arrested and will certainly be punished,” Kobchev continued. According to the Russian Investigative Committee, the suspect is a 25-year-old resident of the city of Ust-Ilimsk.

“I am ashamed that this is happening at a time when we should be united. We should not be fighting against each other, against real threats,” Kobchev continued. He advised to strengthen security measures.

Protests and arson attacks in Russia

Putin announced a partial mobilization of the reservationists last Wednesday. The decision sparked panic and protests in Russia, with hundreds of people arrested. There have been a number of arson attacks on military recruitment facilities in recent days. Belarusian exile media have reported 54 such attacks since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, 17 of which have reportedly occurred in the past five days alone.

Critics have accused authorities of concentrating their mobilization efforts in far-flung regions such as Siberia and the North Caucasus to avoid provoking protests in urban areas, particularly Moscow. Also, it was criticized that some men were forced into military service even though they had no military experience or were already over the age limit.

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