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Russia: Ukrainians flee to avoid military service

Russian Federation, Zolotaya Kosa
January 20, 2015 at 07:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 30 men arrived in Zolotaya Kosa village in Russia's Rostov region on Tuesday, after having fled from Ukraine to avoid being drafted into the army. Around 400 refugees are currently living at the Romashka refugee camp in the Rostov region, among them 119 men of military age.

According to one young man who fled Ukraine, he did so in order to avoid "fighting against his people." Anna Karatysh of the Community Council of Refugees from Ukraine adds that staff and volunteers are expecting to see young women arrive in the coming days, as women under the age of 50 could also be conscripted in Ukraine.

The first phase of the Ukrainian military's fourth mobilisation began Tuesday, after a decree on January 14 by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. People conscripted as part of the mobilisation may serve in a variety of roles, including engaging in combat operations in Eastern Ukraine.

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Around 30 men arrived in Zolotaya Kosa village in Russia's Rostov region on Tuesday, after having fled from Ukraine to avoid being drafted into the army. Around 400 refugees are currently living at the Romashka refugee camp in the Rostov region, among them 119 men of military age.

According to one young man who fled Ukraine, he did so in order to avoid "fighting against his people." Anna Karatysh of the Community Council of Refugees from Ukraine adds that staff and volunteers are expecting to see young women arrive in the coming days, as women under the age of 50 could also be conscripted in Ukraine.

The first phase of the Ukrainian military's fourth mobilisation began Tuesday, after a decree on January 14 by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. People conscripted as part of the mobilisation may serve in a variety of roles, including engaging in combat operations in Eastern Ukraine.

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