Ukraine war: Russians flee to border after military call-up

Ukraine war latest news today as  secret paragraph allows for a call-up of up to a million Russians .

Russian men are attempting to flee the country in order to avoid military service in the Ukraine conflict.

Queues have formed at border crossings since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilisation on Wednesday, which could result in the mobilisation of 300,000 people.

According to the Kremlin, reports of fighting-age men fleeing are exaggerated.

However, on the border with Georgia, miles-long lines of vehicles have formed, including men attempting to flee the conflict.

Some travellers heading into the neighbouring country have used bicycles to avoid traffic lines and avoid a pedestrian crossing ban.

One of these men, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC’s Nina Akhmeteli that he had been waiting since 09:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on Thursday and crossed late that evening.

Another man reported a 12-hour wait and said he was leaving Russia to continue his studies because of the partial mobilisation.

Georgia is one of the few neighbouring countries where Russians can enter without a visa. Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) border with Russia, requires a visa for travel and also reported an increase in traffic overnight – but said it was manageable.

Other air-accessible destinations, such as Istanbul, Belgrade, and Dubai, saw ticket prices skyrocket immediately after the military call-up was announced, with some destinations completely sold out. According to Turkish media, one-way ticket sales have skyrocketed, while remaining flights to non-visa destinations can cost thousands of euros.

On Thursday, Germany’s interior minister indicated that Russians fleeing the draught would be welcomed in her country.

Deserters who face “severe repression,” according to Nancy Faeser, will be protected on a case-by-case basis after security checks. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and the Czech Republic, on the other hand, said they would not take in fleeing Russians.

Ukraine war– I’ll break my arm, my leg, whatever it takes to avoid the draught.’

Sergei, not his real name, has already been summoned.

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The 26-year-old PhD student and lecturer was expecting a grocery delivery the night before Putin’s speech when two men in civilian clothes approached him and handed him military papers to sign.

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The Kremlin stated that only those who had served in the military and had special skills and combat experience would be called up.

Sergei, on the other hand, has no military experience, and his stepfather is concerned because evading the draught is a criminal offence in Russia.

On Tuesday, protests erupted in major Russian cities including Moscow and St. Petersburg, resulting in 1,300 arrests.

There were also reports from Russia that some of those detained for protesting were given draught papers while in police custody. When asked about the reports, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was not against the law.

During his nightly address on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Russians to resist mobilisation.

In reference to Russian casualties in the war, he stated: “Do you want more? No? Then you can protest. Defend yourself. Get away. Alternatively, surrender to Ukrainian captivity.”

Inside Russia, the reaction to the military mobilisation has been unusually strong.

In its Wednesday morning briefing, the UK Ministry of Defence noted that the call-up “is likely to be highly unpopular with parts of the Russian population.”

“Putin is willing to take significant political risks in order to generate much-needed combat power. The move effectively admits that Russia has run out of willing volunteers to fight in Ukraine “It stated.

Even if successful, challenges remain, and new units are unlikely to be ready for combat for several months, according to the defence intelligence update.

Russian officials insist that the call-up will be limited to those who have already served in the military and will not result in widespread conscription.

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However, there is speculation within Russia that the military mobilisation may be larger than officially announced.

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The independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, which relocated its operations to Europe in the aftermath of the post-war media crackdown, reported that Vladimir Putin’s decree includes an additional paragraph that has been classified and kept secret.

According to an unnamed government source, the secret paragraph allows for a call-up of up to a million people, rather than the reported 300,000 people.

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