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Republic of Moldova: Escape Route to the West

An increasing number of Ukrainians are fleeing to Moldova, and causing the country increasing problems - both material and otherwise. In addition to refugees from Ukrainian war zones, young men seeking to avoid military conscription are arriving.

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Faced with the conflicts in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev has reintroduced conscription. But the protests against the mandatory call-up are growing, and some conscientious objectors have been going to the neighboring Republic of Moldova, which is one of Europe’s poorest countries. Its pro-Russian and pro-western populations are deeply divided. Parliamentary elections late last year failed to bring stability.