Miles-long queues of Russians fleeing mobilisation making headlines

    WORLD  27 September 2022 - 09:45

    New satellite images showing large numbers of Russians fleeing to Georgia and Mongolia have been released after Vladimir Putin's order to mobilise hundreds of thousands of reservists for the conflict in Ukraine.

    The images show queues of vehicles - cargo trucks and cars - waiting in long traffic jams attempting to get over the borders, Sky News reports.

    And according to Maxar, which has been tracking the conflict from its satellites, the queue to cross into Georgia stretches for well over 10 miles (16km).

    At one point on September 25, the estimated wait to enter Georgia hit 48 hours, with more than 3,000 vehicles queuing to cross the frontier, Russian state media reported.

    The Georgian capital Tbilisi had already seen an influx of around 40,000 Russians since Moscow invaded Ukraine on 24 February, according to government statistics.

    It comes amid unconfirmed Russian media reports that the Kremlin might soon close its borders to men of fighting age.

    German officials have voiced a desire to help Russian men deserting military service and have called for a European-wide solution.

    And in France, senators are arguing that Europe has a duty to help and warned that not granting refuge to fleeing Russians could play into Mr Putin's hands.

    However, other EU countries are adamant that asylum should not be offered to Russian men fleeing now - as the war has moved into its eighth month.

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