Fearing enlistment to fight in Ukraine, Russian males join the exodus.

Russian men fleeing from draft draft in Ukraine are filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings . Hundreds of flights out of Russia with tickets sold at sky-high rates carried men to foreign destinations such as Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Serbia .

ISTANBUL (Sunday Post): Following the Kremlin's partial military mobilization, military-aged men flocked to Russia in droves on Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being arrested.According to Yandex Maps, a Russian online map company, queues spanned for ten kilometers (6 miles) on a highway leading to the southern border with Georgia.The cars along the border with Kazakhstan were so long that some people abandoned their cars and rode on foot, just as some Ukrainians did after Russia invaded their country on Feb. 24.Hundreds of flights out of Russia with tickets sold at sky-high rates carried men to foreign destinations such as Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Serbia, where Russians do not need a visa.

I'm against this campaign and I'm not going to be involved in it.I am not going to be a murderer.I'm not going to kill people, said the man, who only identified himself as Yevgeny to avoid retribution against his family left behind in Russia.He referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal.

The number of reservists in question could be as high as 300,000.Some Russian men also fled to Belarus, Russias close ally.But it also presented a risk.Belarusian security forces were ordered to locate Russians fleeing from the draft, find them in hotels and rented apartments, and report them to Russian authorities, according to the Nasha Niva newspaper, one of the country's oldest independent newspapers.

Kyiv and the rest of the world have branded it a rigged election whose conclusion was preordained by Moscow.German officials expressed a drive to assist Russian men who are stepping out of military service, and they demanded a European solution.The spokesperson for German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that those who stand up to Putin's regime bravely and place themselves in great danger can apply for asylum in Germany on the grounds of political persecution.Deserters and those who refuse to be recruited will be granted refugee status in Germany if they are in danger of serious persecution, according to Maximilian Kall, the spokesman.

They would first have to make it to Germany, which has no land border with Russia and is becoming more difficult for Russians to travel to.After the assault on Ukraine, the EU banned direct flights between its 27 member states and Russia, and recently agreed to limit the production of Schengen visas, which allow free movement throughout much of Europe.Four out of five EU countries bordering Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland, have recently decided to refuse Russian visitors.Some European officials consider fleeing Russians to be a potential security risk.

Many of those fleeing were fine with murdering Ukrainians, according to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.They did not protest there at the time.They are not to be considered as conscientious objectors.Finland, which has a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border with Russia, is the only EU country still accepting Russians with Schengen visas.

The line of waiting cars stretched for half a kilometer (a third of a mile) at Vaalimaa, one of the border's busiest crossings, according to the Finnish Border Guard.MTV in Finland carried interviews with Russian men who had just crossed into Finland at the Virolahti border crossing, including one from Moscow, who said that no sane person wants to go to war.Andrei Balakirov, a Russian man from St. Petersburg, said he was mentally prepared to leave Russia for half a year but put it off until the mobilization was complete.He said, I think it's a really bad thing.

It's difficult to describe what's going on.I feel sorry for those who are compelled to act against their will.I've heard stories about people being given these orders right in the streets, which are frightening.