|Many Russians Escape, Russian People Don't Want to be Forced into War by Vladimir Putin|
edisiindonesia.com- Moscow - Moscow began a mandatory troop call-up on Thursday (September 22) to try to bolster the war effort in Ukraine, with authorities saying thousands of people volunteered even as Russians fled the country to escape being forced to fight.
Amateur footage posted on social media since President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of reservists is meant to show hundreds of Russians across the country responding to military calls.
The order comes as the Moscow-controlled territory of Ukraine will vote in the coming days on whether to become part of Russia in a referendum that Kyiv and Kyiv call unlawful land grabs. his allies.
Moscow took these steps after Ukrainian forces recaptured large swathes of northeastern Kharkiv, which has been seen as a possible turning point in a seven-month stalemate war.
The Russian military said on Thursday that at least 10,000 people had volunteered to fight in the 24 hours since the order, but many had also rushed to leave Russia before they were asked to join.
Ticket Prices Outside Russia Soared
Flights from Russia to neighboring countries, especially the former Soviet republics that allow Russians visa-free entry, are almost entirely booked and prices are soaring, pointing to an exodus of Russians looking to avoid war.
"I don't want to go to war," a man named Dmitri, who flew to Armenia with only one small bag, told AFP.
"I don't want to die in this senseless war. This is a civil war."
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