World Man shoots Russian military commander amid draft protests

Man shoots Russian military commander amid draft protests

-

- Advertisment -


1/4

Sept. 26 (BP) — A Russian military officer in charge of a local draft to sign men up for the war in Ukraine was seriously injured in a shooting attack amid protests against President Vladimir Putin’s widening invasion.

The attack was carried out by a Russian conscript Monday in the city of Ust-Ilimsk, in the Irkutsk region of Siberia.

The camouflaged assailant in the Siberian incident, who identified himself on surveillance footage as 25-year-old Ruslan Zinin, allegedly opened fire at least three times on the official in a room full of other potential draftees, police said.

Igor Kobzev, the regional governor in Irkutsk, said the officer was in critical condition at the hospital and fighting for his life. He vowed that the assailant “will absolutely be punished.”

The suspect has been arrested on felony charges of endangering the life of a police officer and illegal weapons possession.

Gunfire erupted right after the Russian field officer gave a spirited speech to motivate the men to continue the fight in Ukraine, which Russia has occupied since February.

“Nobody is going to go anywhere,” the suspect said before pulling his firearm, according to The Guardian, which cited local news reports from inside Russia.

Last Wednesday, a defiant Putin announced the national mobilization of hundreds of thousands of Russian army reservists, a move that sparked widespread protests across the country in which hundreds of people have been arrested. Thousands of civilians have also fled the country in an effort to resist the call-up.

Some analysts say Putin is growing more desperate in Ukraine following recent embarrassments on the battlefield, including a Ukrainian counteroffensive in which Russia was forced to give up thousands of miles of territory that it gained since the start of the conflict.

Putin has also recently sought to shore up his alliances with China and other Western adversaries after suffering devastating losses in the war, including the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers, while thousands of tanks, equipment and weapons have also been destroyed, according to Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces.

The shooting took place on the same day that another gunman opened fire at a school in central Russia, killing at least 13 people and wounding 21 others.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

At least seven killed by gunman in East Jerusalem synagogue attack

World News // 4 hours ago Record rainfall paralyzes New Zealand's north island Jan. 27 (BP) -- A state...

ICC will reopen investigation into Philippines’ deadly drug war

The International Criminal Court announced that it would allow its prosecutors to reopen an investigation into...

9 Palestinians killed, many injured in Israeli raid on West Bank

Mourners carry bodies of Palestinians killed during clashes with Israeli troops in Jenin, West Bank, on...

11 killed as Russia launches new missile strikes in Ukraine

1/4 Russian strikes targeted energy infrastructure and killed 11 people on Thursday, according to Ukrainian officials. EPA-EFE/Sergey...
- Advertisement -

Germany announces treason arrest, says suspect gave info to Russia

The German Federal Public Prosecutor's Office Thursday said a second man has been arrested for alleged...

How you can Uninstall Avast From Apple pc

If you're using Avast in your Mac, you might have noticed that it might slow down any system....

Must read

At least seven killed by gunman in East Jerusalem synagogue attack

World News // 4 hours ago Record rainfall paralyzes...

ICC will reopen investigation into Philippines’ deadly drug war

The International Criminal Court announced that...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you