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    A YOUNG Russian conscript called up to fight in Putin's 'genocidal' war has spoken of his desperate bid to dodge the draft and escape to the UK. Vadim, 22, from Kaliningrad Russia, was served his papers several days ago and has been ordered to present himself to his local enlistment office on October 4. 6Vadim says he is fearing for his life after being enlisted in Putin's army and has days to try and evade the draftCredit: Instagram 6Vadim says his friends have already been killed on the frontlineCredit: Instagram Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Vadim says he'll do whatever he can to escape being sent to Ukraine and becoming 'cannon fodder' and even wants to make his way to the UK. He fears he will suffer the same fate as his friends who have already taken up arms and have been killed after just two weeks on the frontline. He told The Sun: "My friend, he was 21 years old, Eduard, I didn't know that he was in Ukraine.  "He was sent to the war zone,...
    Finland is closing its borders to Russian tourists from midnight tonight after a huge influx of military aged men fled the country after Putin's mobilisation order. Passenger traffic on the border will be significantly limited, with Russian civilians on tourist visas no longer allowed to enter the Nordic country. Foreign minister Pekka Haavisto said: 'The decision in principle aims to completely prevent Russian tourism to Finland and the related transit through Finland.' The government justified its decision by saying that continued arrivals of Russian tourists in Finland is endangering the country's international relations without specifying further. Entry for family visits, as well as for work and studies, will still be permitted, he added.  Vehicles coming from Russia wait in lines at the Vaalimaa border check point between Finland and Russia in Virolahti Finnish border guards check the cars at the Vaalimaa border check yesterday amid the mass exodus Fearing the border may close 'forever' after the Russian President's mobilisation order for the war in Ukraine, Russians are rushing to flee across Finland's Vaalimaa border crossing Haavisto said the mobilisation order had...
    THIS is the shocking moment a helicopter hit a power line before plunging to the ground- but all its passengers miraculously survive. Heart-stopping footage shows the aircraft- carrying a congressman, a deputy mayor and two others including the pilot- plummeting to the ground. 2Footage shows the chopper hitting a power lineCredit: Jam Press Vid 2The aircraft can be seen plunging to the groundCredit: Jam Press Vid The horror crash happened in Engenheiro Caldas, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, on Wednesday. A terrifying clip shows the helicopter striking the power cable while coming to land in front of stunned onlookers. The chopper then appears to lose power and is last seen nose-diving to the ground. The crash caused a fire, which was brought under control by firefighters. READ MORE ON WORLD NEWS‘NO WAY BACK’ Top Putin ally warns Russia could use nukes to cling on in UkraineLAW & DISORDER Inside Iran’s twisted Morality Police who grab women off streets & beat them And all its passengers managed to escape the wreckage with minor injuries. The aircraft was carrying...
    Thousands of desperate Russians are scrambling to flee the country to dodge Putin's mobilisation, as miles-long queues form to escape into border countries. Men of fighting age are racing to avoid a potential call-up after Putin ordered Moscow's first mobilisation since World War Two, with plans to immediately start conscripting some 300,000 troops to fight on the frontline. Many flights were sold out yesterday amid the panic, while others appeared to resort to drastic tactics to avoid the conscription, with Google searches for 'how to break an arm at home' - skyrocketing hours after Putin's speech. A wife from Tyumen in Siberia said: 'I will not let my husband go. I'll break his both legs. His duty is to raise his children.'  The authorities issued a a special warning issued to potential recruits that they face legal sanctions if they self-harm by breaking arms or legs to avoid the call-up.  Photos and videos have also emerged of airports crowded with young men and heavy traffic near border crossings, driven by fears the country might lock down and send more civilians to...
    DESPERATE Russians are frantically attempting to flee the country to avoid being catapulted to the frontline amid Putin's call up. Huge queues have built at the borders with Finland, Georgia and Mongolia as tens of thousands try to escape being sent into the tyrant’s “meatgrinder”. 9Massive queues have built at Russia's borders as people try to escapeCredit: Twitter/@sotiridi 9Many have snapped up last minute plane tickets to get out of the countryCredit: East2West 9More than 1,300 protesters have been arrestedCredit: AFP Protest erupted in 38 cities after Putin announced a partial mobilisation in a TV address to bolster crumbling efforts in Ukraine. But they have been met with baton-wielding cops, with at least 1,386 people arrested. As the fear of conscription ripples through Russia, some men have been hauled out of bed in the middle of the night and told they had four hours to pack their belongings and obey the mobilisation order. There were reports of people cowering behind doors and refusing to accept the military summonses. Read more on RussiaCORNERED RAT Putin’s nuke threat is ‘bluff’ to save...
    RUSSIAN soldiers surrounded in Ukraine have begged their defence minister to help them escape. One of the trapped 200 filmed a social media message to General Sergei Shoigu claiming they had been “abandoned”. 1Russian soldiers surrounded in Ukraine have begged their defence minister to help them escape The serviceman, who shielded his face, said: “The situation is really difficult. "I hope you hear this and can work a way for us to get out.” He said: “We have been left, abandoned." He added: “I am now in Kherson. Read More on Ukraine WarATOMIC PANIC Putin threatens nuclear DISASTER as troops fire from power station VLAD'S ARMY Sick Vladimir Putin recruiting Russian prisoners to fight on Ukraine frontline Most read in US NewsGUN HORROR Detroit mass shooting leaves one dead and at least four woundedHUNTING KILLER JonBenét Ramsey murder suspects narrowed down as investigators get key leadsCARRIER KILLERS China ‘rehearsing sinking US aircraft carriers with hypersonic missiles'TRAGIC LOSS Infant and pregnant mom pictured after video showed horror crash that killed 6 His brigade was cut off when Ukraine blew up...
    Mock executions in the street. Families kidnapped never to return. Escape routes peppered with mines... life in courageous city under the control of Putin’s goons... The protesters passing below his third-floor office window cry out 'Glory to Ukraine!' and the Mayor of Kherson feels a tingling of pride. How Igor Kolykhaev wishes he could publicly address them, his people, and acknowledge their bravery as they dodge tear gas canisters in nearby Freedom Square. And he would dearly love to emulate President Volodymyr Zelensky by issuing a defiant rallying cry. Yet his is the only major Ukrainian city to fall to the Russians and it has rendered Mr Kolykhaev, if not powerless, then severely weakened. 'It hurts,' he admits. The military and police left soon after Vladimir Putin's tanks rolled into town a month ago. In their absence, Mr Kolykhaev has become the peg upon which Kherson's 250,000 remaining residents hang their dwindling hopes of salvation. Demonstrators react to stun grenades thrown by Russian troops as they protest the Russian invasion, along Ushakova Avenue in Kherson, Ukraine A Ukrainian man lays...
    Russian forces are raping and hanging women who are unable to escape their savage invasion, Ukrainian MPs have claimed. Lesia Vasylenko, an MP for Ukraine 's opposition Holos party, said some women over 60 had committed suicide after being accused by Putin's forces to stop the horrific attacks. Other vulnerable women were unable to escape the invading troops in Kyiv and its suburbs of Bucha and Irpin and have been subjected to the barbaric sex assaults, she said. The MP, who visited the House of Commons with fellow MPs Olena Khomenko, Maria Mezentseva and Alona Shkrum, told journalists Putin had 'changed his strategy to target the most vulnerable groups of women and children'. She said, according to The Mirror: 'Most of them were executed after being raped or took their own lives. Local residents gather next to a damaged residential building after shelling by the Russian military in Kyiv today Ukrainian Members of Parliament Olena Khomenko, Maria Mezentseva, Alona Shkrum and Lesia Vasylenko pose outside Number 10 Downing Street 'The main problem is that victims and families do not have the...
    THE last time Katerina Glushenko was at the Arena Lviv was to watch her hero Cristiano Ronaldo score a double for Real Madrid. Now, as an air raid siren wails, she follows dozens of other refugees into a changing room in the bowels of the stadium which is now a bomb shelter. 5Kseniya fled the fighting in capital Kyiv with son Gordiy, three, and husband Vitaliy, who has lost a leg to cancerCredit: Oleh Voroniak 5Businesswoman Katerina, 29, comforts one-year-old MiroslavaCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 5The 34,915-capacity stadium in western Ukraine — a Euro 2012 venue — has become a refugee shelterCredit: Oleh Voroniak Mums and crying babies sit on plush, padded seats made for star footballers and wait nervously for what Vladimir Putin’s war machine might bring. Businesswoman Katerina, 29, comforting children Vladislav, four, and one-year-old Miroslava, told me: “I’m a big football fan but I don’t want to be here in these circumstances. “We fled our home city Dnipro when bombs started falling and heard we would be safe at the Arena Lviv.” The 34,915-capacity stadium...
    A second attempt to evacuate the besieged city of Mariupol has been announced with 400,000 civilians allowed to flee amid fears Putin will shatter the agreement with shelling again. The city, which is currently encircled by Russian troops, will restart attempts to evacuate civilians from the conflict after similar efforts yesterday were scuppered by Russian bombing just 45 minutes after a ceasefire was agreed. Some 400,000 residents will begin to be evacuated from 12pm today, with the agreement in place until 9pm, according to the city council of Mariupol. People will be able to use private transport to travel out the city and will be accompanied by the Red Cross, while deviating from the set route is prohibited.   The city council has said: 'We ask all drivers leaving the city to facilitate the evacuation of civilians as much as possible - take people with you, fill the transport as much as possible.' According to aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) the humanitarian situation in Mariupol, a key target for the Russian invasion forces, is currently 'catastrophic' with no power or...
    Russians are now starting to flee their own country and are packing trains to Finland over fears that President Vladimir Putin will shut the borders and leave them unable to escape the fall-out from Western sanctions.   Helsinki train station was packed with Russian passengers desperately fleeing from St Petersburg on Thursday.     'We decided with our families to go back as soon as possible, because it's unclear what the situation will be in a week,' Muscovite Polina Poliakova told AFP as she wheeled her suitcase along platform 9. Travelling 'is hard now because everything is getting cancelled,' added Beata Iukhtanova, her friend who studies with her in Paris, where the pair were headed. The Allegro express train linking St Petersburg to the Finnish capital is currently the only open rail route between Russia and the EU. Helsinki train station was packed with Russian passengers desperately fleeing from St Petersburg on Thursday It is therefore one of the few remaining ways out of the country since the widespread airspace closures in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine a week ago. 'The trains...
    For the second day running, I awoke yesterday to the wailing sound of sirens warning of air attacks. I had covered up the windows of my rented apartment with blankets as protection from flying glass in case of nearby explosions. My colleague and photographer, Kate Baklitskya, slept behind a sofa for safety. Ian Birrell at Chernobyl, in Ukraine. He writes: 'For the second day running, I awoke yesterday to the wailing sound of sirens warning of air attacks' Residential homes in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, had been shelled overnight and images on social media showed a Russian aircraft shot down just ten miles away, devastating a block of flats. I looked out into the street as several groups of people hastily headed to shelters, some taking cats or dogs. Others were setting out on the uncertain exodus from Kyiv — an estimated 100,000 people on the first day alone had fled Moscow's evil assault. The key question facing me — along with other foreign media here — was whether it was better to stay or go. I decided it was...
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