Mobilised soldiers practised their night shooting skills at a firing range near Kazan, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.
The ministry added that the servicemen trained on various types of targets, imitating the enemy’s manpower and equipment at a distance of 100 to 400 metres.
The ministry’s statement also reported that the training of mobilised troops takes place both during the day and at night, in various weather conditions. According to the statement, the training ‘takes into account the soldiers’ experience gained during special military operation’.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial military mobilisation back in September, while Shoigu reported that the call-up of 300,000 reservists had been completed on Friday, October 28.
Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements.
Russian troops were sent in, allegedly to defend citizens from attacks by Kiev, as well as to ‘demilitarise’ and ‘denazify’ the region. Moscow also urged Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and guarantee that it would never join NATO.
Kiev denounced the action as an invasion, denying allegations of tolerating Nazi organisations. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.