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Russia Ukraine war news: Gunman opens fire in conscript office

The Russian military commissar is shot at point-blank range

A gunman opened fire inside a Russian military enlistment office in the far eastern city of Irkutsk, leaving the chief military recruiter in critical condition.

Dramatic footage captured the moment the man approached the recruiter as he stood on stage in front of new draftees and fired a single shot at point-blank range, shouting, “Nobody’s going to fight!”.

The man – identified as Ruslan Zinin, 25 – was angry after his friend was called up to the army and told his mother he was going to the recruiting office to voluntarily enlist, according to reports local.

Igor Kobzev, the governor of the Irkutsk region, said military commissar Alexander Eliseev was in “critical condition” after the attack and the gunman was arrested at the scene “and will be permanently punished”.

It comes as opposition to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine grows after he gave orders to start drafting men into the army, with a recruiting office in the Volgograd region set on fire overnight .

The Russian military commissar is shot at point-blank range

A sniper aims his rifle at other conscripts

This is the moment gunman Ruslan Zinin, 25 (far left and second from right), walked into a Russian enlistment office in Irkutsk and shot military commissar Alexander Eliseev (second from left)

Conscripts flee for their lives after being shot

Conscripts flee for their lives after being shot

Zinin (left) was reportedly angry that his best friend was drafted to fight in Ukraine and told his mother he was going to volunteer (right, draftees flee for their lives)

Footage shows local resident Mikhail Filatov, 35, overturning a car in the building before dozing it with gasoline and setting it on fire.

He has since been arrested and told police he attacked the office to protest the mobilization order.

Gunman Ruslan Zinin, 25, said he shot the officer in anger after his friend was drafted into the army

Gunman Ruslan Zinin, 25, said he shot the officer in anger after his friend was drafted into the army

Protests are also continuing across Russia, with more than 2,300 people arrested so far according to watchdog group OVD-Info.

Meanwhile, people continue to flee the country, with an estimated 260,000 crossing the border to avoid Putin’s conscription order.

Footage showed dozens of people – including at least one in military-style camouflage – trudging past the Kazbegi border crossing high in the Caucasus mountains.

Protests against Putin’s draft order have been most pronounced in the southern Dagestan region – about 65 miles east of the border crossing – where police and other officials have come under attack/

Women were filmed confronting the police in a bid to prevent the men from being drawn into forced conscription.

They chanted: “No to war” and “Shame on you”. In one video, a woman is heard saying, “Don’t let them take our men.

In one sequence, a police officer can be seen confronting a crowd of angry women – one of whom tells him: “Russia attacked Ukraine, we are not blind”.

The clash suggests that Putin’s lie – that he was forced into war with Ukraine because of NATO expansion – is failing to convince some citizens.

In Yakutia – Russia’s coldest region – women staged a traditional dance surrounding police during an anti-war protest after thousands of men were arrested.

It comes amid allegations that around 30 female protesters were forcibly stripped inside a police station in Brateevo using a “classic torture technique”.

Mikhail Filatov, 35, sets fire to Russian military office in Volgograd region - telling police he did it to protest Putin's mobilization order

Mikhail Filatov, 35, sets fire to Russian military office in Volgograd region – telling police he did it to protest Putin’s mobilization order

Fury grows in Russia over Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine after he issued orders last week to start drafting people into the army

Fury grows in Russia over Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine after he issued orders last week to start drafting people into the army

The women reported the abuses to human rights defenders before their phones were confiscated.

Video shows a protesting grandmother being led away by several armed riot police from her protest near the Kremlin.

Another shows a man preparing to drop the call after discovering he had to sleep on the floor.

‘I came to [fight for] our homeland, but I am refusing,” the man from Dagestan said in a video. ‘Just look what’s going on here. I’m going home.

“No bed, no fucking anything for us here…Not even a bed.”

Men seeking to flee Russia rightly fear that Putin – 70 next month – will imminently order Soviet-style border closures, barring all men of military age from fleeing the call fleeing to countries like Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Georgia.

In the village of Tyumenevo in the Kemerovo region, reports indicate that all the local men – 59 in total – have been mobilised, a gross abuse of the way the system is supposed to work.

While Putin’s alleged partner made her first appearance since June at a sporting event, he is believed to be locked away in his heavily guarded northern palace amid the forests of Valdai.

Olympic rhythmic gymnast Kabaeva presented awards at an All-Russian gymnastics competition in the Moscow region in her first public appearance since early June.

She looked visibly stressed and tired, as she wore stilettos, a black pantsuit and a white polka dot shirt.

Some 260,000 Russian men are thought to have fled the country to neighboring states rather than face the possibility of being drafted into the military

Some 260,000 Russian men are thought to have fled the country to neighboring states rather than face the possibility of being drafted into the military

Protests have also erupted across Russia in fury over Putin's decision to start conscription, with some 2,000 people arrested.

Protests have also erupted across Russia in fury over Putin’s decision to start conscription, with some 2,000 people arrested.

Kabaeva is widely believed to be the mother of several Putin children whose existence and identities he has not disclosed.

Kabaeva has been sanctioned by the West for her intimate ties to Putin.

The low-key appearance follows extraordinary rumors in Russia that Putin forced her to have an abortion following an earlier report that she was pregnant in May with a war baby.

The Kremlin has not commented on the speculation.

General channel SVR Telegram claimed in May that she was pregnant with a girl.

Russian President Vladimir Putin considered Kabaeva’s pregnancy premature and the birth of another unplanned, undesirable child.

“As a result, relations between Putin and Kabaeva deteriorated.

“And at the end of August, the president insisted that Alina have an abortion, despite the fact that the pregnancy was already over 20 weeks long and there were no medical and social indications for abortion.”

“After the abortion, complications arose, and for some time Kabaeva could not appear in public.

“On the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, thousands of women and children are being killed [in Ukraine’, whose fate is indifferent to him.

Russia is now into its eight month of fighting in Ukraine and is thought to have seen around 50,000 of its soldiers killed in battle

Russia is now into its eight month of fighting in Ukraine and is thought to have seen around 50,000 of its soldiers killed in battle

The ruins of a Russian tank are seen in a vehicle graveyard in Izyum, in recently-recaptured territory in the Kharkiv region

The ruins of a Russian tank are seen in a vehicle graveyard in Izyum, in recently-recaptured territory in the Kharkiv region

‘But he also wanted to spit on people close to him, including his common-law wife and children.’

Amid signs of desperation from the authorities, the head of the Human Rights Council, Valery Fadeev, called for immigrants from ex-Soviet republics to be drafted alongside Russian citizens.

The he’d of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill told believers they would be forgiven for their sins if they died fighting for Putin in Ukraine.

‘Many die today in the field of internecine struggle,’ he said.

‘The church prays that this fight is finished as soon as possible….

‘Simultaneously the church realises if someone….dies during the duty, he certainly acts as a sacrifice.

‘He sacrifices himself for others.

‘And therefore, this sacrifice washes away all the sins that a person has committed.’

Meanwhile, other Russian women act as if there is no war.

Prominent model, socialite and influence Elena Perminova, 36, posted videos of herself in Italy for the Milan Fashion Show despite curbs on Russians travelling to the EU due to sanctions.

She appears not to have a care in the world as her compatriots inflict misery on Ukraine while others seek to halt the horror from worsening with Putin’s mobilisation.

Kremlin wife Tatiana Navka, 47, posted pictures with her fresh make-up while her husband Dmitry Peskov, 54, deputy chief of the Kremlin administration, acts as Putin’s mouthpiece during the war.

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