Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Authorities Hunt Suspected Deserter After Police Shooting

t.me/readovkanews

Update: The suspect has been arrested, Rostov region Governor Vasily Golubev said Wednesday.

Police in Russia's Rostov region are searching for a suspected deserter from the Russian army who shot at police officers in the southern Russian city of Novoshakhtinsk near the Russian-Ukraine border on Tuesday, Russian news agency TASS reported. 

The man reportedly fired at police officers after emerging from a wooded area on the outskirts of the city in southern Russia's Rostov region, injuring one officer. 

According to Russian news outlet Mash, the man is suspected of being a deserter from the Russian army. 

Kindergartens as well as some roads in and out of the city have been closed, with local authorities advising residents to remain indoors. 

The security concerns in the city, which is just 20 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, follows a wave of attacks on Russian-soil believed to have been carried out by the Ukrainian military as Kyiv's tactics in the war continue to shift gear.

A drone attack on an airfield in the Russian border region of Kursk on Tuesday set an oil storage tank alight, while Moscow blamed Kyiv for two similar attacks on Monday after explosions at airbases in the Ryazan and Saratov regions killed three servicemen and wounded four others.

Russian border regions are continuing to feel the effects of the conflict, with satellite imagery last month showing trenches being dug and road blocks being set up in the border region of Belgorod. 

Tuesday's shooting in Novoshakhtinsk is the first suspected instance of a deserter returning to Russia and shooting at security officials, however.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more