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Russia: Ukrainian men fleeing conscription arrive in Moscow01:15

Russia: Ukrainian men fleeing conscription arrive in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 4, 2015 at 15:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

The latest train carrying men who are of the age (20-55) that requires them to join the Ukrainian military if drafted, arrived at Moscow's Kiyevsky Train Station from Ukraine on Wednesday.

One Ukrainian resident who arrived in Moscow spoke about how some of his family have fled as far as Kazakhstan to avoid fighting in the east Ukraine conflict. At present Ukrainians can stay in Russia for 90 days, but the Federal Migration Service of Russia recently ruled that this can be extended by another 90 days. It will take decisions on this matter on a case-by-case basis.

A fourth wave of mobilization began on January 20 in a bid by Kiev to reinforce the military with 100,000 new troops, with a further two waves planned for April and June. Ukraine's Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak is reported to have said that around 80 percent of potential recruits do not want to go to the front. Checkpoints on the Russia/Ukraine border are also reporting an increase in traffic of those entering Russia from Ukraine.

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The latest train carrying men who are of the age (20-55) that requires them to join the Ukrainian military if drafted, arrived at Moscow's Kiyevsky Train Station from Ukraine on Wednesday.

One Ukrainian resident who arrived in Moscow spoke about how some of his family have fled as far as Kazakhstan to avoid fighting in the east Ukraine conflict. At present Ukrainians can stay in Russia for 90 days, but the Federal Migration Service of Russia recently ruled that this can be extended by another 90 days. It will take decisions on this matter on a case-by-case basis.

A fourth wave of mobilization began on January 20 in a bid by Kiev to reinforce the military with 100,000 new troops, with a further two waves planned for April and June. Ukraine's Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak is reported to have said that around 80 percent of potential recruits do not want to go to the front. Checkpoints on the Russia/Ukraine border are also reporting an increase in traffic of those entering Russia from Ukraine.

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