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An escape route to the West

March 25, 2015

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.


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.

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