Putin blow as Russian flee draft in huge traffic jam at Georgia border
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
A gigantic line of cars formed at the Georgian border as Russians are scrambling to flee the country after Putin’s draft announcement. The line was spotted between Russia’s North Ossetia region and Georgia after Moscow announced a partial military mobilisation. The line, at the time of recording, was reportedly about five to six kilometres long, with some Russians having to wait for 24 hours to cross the border.
A Georgian journalist for Radio Free Europe, who filmed the shots on the ground, reported: “A line of cars stretches from Verkhny Lars all the way to Nizhny Lars.
“It is about five or six kilometers. People are waiting here for up to 24 hours.
“I personally have been waiting here for almost eight hours since 2am.
“It’s not far from here; the problem is I’m stuck.”
The video sparked reaction on Twitter, with users expressing their solidarity with Russian conscripts.
Crisis and Cure said: “Russians are making a wise choice. Better Georgia than death in Ukraine.”
In a pre-recorded televised address, Putin announced the mobilisation of 300,000 men to “protect our motherland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to ensure the safety of our people and people in the liberated territories”.
He said: “We are talking about partial mobilisation. That is, only citizens who are currently in the reserves and, above all, those who have served in the armed forces, have military skills and relevant experience. Only they will be subject to conscription.”
But that figure could amount to one million, a secret Kremlin official source told Novaya Gazeta, a daily independent publication. The source claimed Putin has secretly approved the law that could send an additional one million men.
The Kremlin denied the report.
Boris Johnson thanks Putin instead of Zelensky in Commons blunder [REPORT]
The question of Turkey joining the bloc is highly contentious [ANALYSIS]
Saboteurs burn enlistment offices in Russia after Putin announcement [REPORT]
Russians who have decided to stay have taken to the streets in 38 Russian cities, with more than 1,300 people being held by late evening, according to Independent OVD-Info.
“In a number of regions, there were attempts to stage unauthorised actions which brought together an extremely small number of participants,” Russian interior ministry official Irina Volk.
Putin is seeking to replenish his forces after the successful counteroffensive carried out by Ukrainian forces who have retaken the northeastern Kharkiv region.
Widespread draft-dodging is likely after Wednesday’s incendiary speech
Russian ex-PM says Putin is finished nuclear threats are a bluff
Should UK do more to support Ukraine? VOTE HERE
Putin dealt huge blow as Truss and Macron strike energy agreement
Russia sleepwalking into ‘military disaster’
Source: Read Full Article