260,000 Russians Flee Rather Than Be Sent To War In Ukraine
More than 260,000 Russians have fled the country as Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to mobilize up to 1.2-million men to fight in a war that he unleashed against Ukraine without rhyme or reason, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported.
Photo Insert: Russia's recruitment process has been tagged by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as "criminal mobilization."
Many of those who left were doctors, pilots, engineers, IT professionals and technicians.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that Russia is using “criminal mobilization” to exterminate indigenous groups.
“Criminal mobilization is used by Russia not only to prolong the suffering of people in Ukraine and to further destabilize the world but also to physically exterminate men - representatives of indigenous peoples” who live in temporarily occupied territory, Zelensky said in his nightly address on Sept. 25, Kyiv Independent reported.
The Russian media outlet Meduza has reported that 11 military enlistment offices and six administrative buildings in Russia have been burned since the mobilization started on Sept. 21.
Russians have also tried to set on fire six administrative buildings over the last six days. In other incidents, recruiters have been shot and one protester tried to set himself on fire after condemning Putin's illegal military mobilization.
The Russian-installed official in the occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia oblast Yevhen Balytskyi has announced that after "annexation" Russia will send Ukrainians from occupied territories to fight his bloody war. Balytskyi said on Sept. 26 that local "volunteers" will join the Russian army in its fight against Ukraine following the sham referendum.