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Friday, 09 December 2022 07:56 GMT

Russians are rushing to Georgia once more as Putin intensifies conflict


(MENAFN) Tbilisi's tree-lined Rustaveli Avenue is packed with young guys hauling bags and luggage as they try to find their way around this new city.

They have fled their homes in Russia, often accompanied by spouses or girlfriends, to avoid the partial mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin for additional personnel in Ukraine's battlefields.

Those who have previously served in the military, even as conscripts, and are currently enrolled in the reserves are the most likely to be called up, although elderly males with no experience have also been called up.

“Four days ago, we didn’t think either of us would be here,” according to Alexey, a 24-year-old would-be draftee, in a restaurant on the cobblestone streets of Tbilisi’s Old Town.

According to Georgian officials, around 10,000 Russians cross the border each day, and photographs widely shared on social media show long lines of automobiles snaking into Georgia and Mongolia.

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