Some draft-age Russians have tried to leave the country to avoid the call-up as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has defended his country’s actions in Ukraine at the United Nations Security Council.
Some flee Russia call-up, UN wary on votes
Some draft-age Russians have rushed to the borders to escape their country’s biggest conscription drive since World War II as world powers rounded on Russia at the UN, accusing it of escalating the conflict in Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded with defiance, defending Russia’s record and accusing Ukraine and its allies of threatening his country, before walking out at the end of his speech to the Security Council.
The diplomatic confrontations came a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a new mobilisation campaign for the seven-month-old war that has already killed thousands, displaced millions, pulverised cities and damaged the global economy.
He also effectively announced plans to annex four Ukrainian provinces – saying the government would assist with referendums that are due to start on Friday on joining them to Russia – and threatened to use nuclear weapons.