Kremlin: reports of exodus of fighting-age men are exaggerated

Kremlin: reports of exodus of fighting-age men are exaggerated

Pedestrians cross a street near a board with a portrait of a Russian service member Vyacheslav Kabitskiy in Saint Petersburg, Russia September 17, 2022. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

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MOSCOW, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Thursday said reports of an exodus of draft-age men from Russia after President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilisation were “exaggerated”. Since President Putin announced a partial mobilisation on Wednesday, all flights from Russia to neighboring countries, including Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, have sold out completely. Long tailbacks were reported at Russia’s borders with Georgia and Kazakhstan, Finland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. read more

In a call with reporters, Peskov said: “The information about the hype at airports and so on is very much exaggerated … There are many fake information. This is why we need to be careful. “

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Peskov declined to deny Russian media reports that some anti-mobilisation protesters detained on Wednesday night had been given draft papers, saying: “This is not against the law. “

The OVD-Info rights group reported that over 1,300 people in 38 cities had been detained on Wednesday for protesting against the mobilisation decree.

The Russian news site Mediazona reported that at least three men detained in Moscow had been given mobilisation summons while at police stations.

Asked whether the campaign in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, was still going to plan despite the mobilisation, Peskov said:

“The special operation began to fulfil goals in Ukraine. We are now de facto confronted with the NATO bloc and all their logistical abilities. This has resulted in this necessary step. “

However, he denied that the conflict in Ukraine could be termed a war, insisting on the description that the Kremlin has used since ordering troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24.

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Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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