Putin: Russia Will Offer Haven to Ukraine Draft Evaders

Russia president favors changing a law which prevents Ukraine citizens staying in Russia for more than 30 days

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Russian-Ukrainian Border checkpoint | Photo: © ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin
Russian-Ukrainian Border checkpoint | Photo: © ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Rogulin

ST. PETERSBURG, January 26 (TASS). Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Moscow might extend the period of sojourn in Russian territory for Ukrainians of conscription age who can be drafted into the Ukrainian army.

“Many people, by the way, do not want to be mobilized. They are trying to move into Russia and lie low for some time. And they are absolutely right because they are simply being sent under bullets like cannon fodder,” Putin said at a meeting with the students of the “Gornyi” University of Mineral Resources.

At the same time, the president said Ukrainian nationals can not stay in Russia longer than for a period established by the law.

“Under a new law, Ukrainian citizens cannot stay in Russia for more than 30 days. After that they have to return to Ukraine where they are being caught and sent under the bullets again. That is why I think that we are going to change something in that law,” Putin said adding the sojourn of some categories of people, especially those of conscription age, could be extended within legal framework.

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