Russia reports surge in army recruitment after Moscow attack

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Russia’s military said Wednesday that it had seen a surge in people signing up to fight in Ukraine since a deadly terror attack on a Moscow concert hall last month.

The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed more than 140 people, the worst such attack in Russia in years.

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But President Vladimir Putin has since continued to say, without providing evidence, that Ukraine had a hand in plotting the attack.

“Over the last week and a half, military recruitment points have recorded a significant increase in the number of those wishing to sign contracts with the Russian defence ministry to take part in the special military operation,” the defence ministry said Wednesday.

Moscow calls its full-scale offensive on Ukraine a “special military operation”.

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The ministry said more than 100,000 people had voluntarily signed up to fight so far in 2024 — including 16,000 in the 10 days after the attack.

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