Officials: 98,000 Russians enter Kazakhstan after call-up to fight in Ukraine


TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Officials say about 98,000 Russians have crossed into Kazakhstan in the week since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine.

Kazakhstan and Georgia, both once part of the Soviet Union, appeared to be the most popular destinations for those traveling by land.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has said that only about 300,000 people with prior combat or other military service would be called up, but reports have emerged from various Russian regions that recruiters were rounding up men outside that description.

That fueled fears of a much broader call-up, sending droves of men of all ages and backgrounds to airports and border crossings.


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