The United States declared its readiness to accept refugees from Russia against the backdrop of war and mobilization

Tens of thousands of Russian men of military age have fled the country to avoid Putin's mobilization for the war in Ukraine. White House says it "welcomes" Russians seeking asylum in the US, reports FoxNews.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the US "welcomes" any Russian citizens seeking asylum in that country after fleeing military conscription. Jean-Pierre made the announcement during a press briefing at the White House.

Tens of thousands of Russian citizens poured into neighboring Eastern European countries.

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The White House has made a distinction between the Russian government and the people of Russia.

“We see protests on the streets of Russia, we see people signing petitions, and I think they are sending us a very clear message that this war that Putin started is unpopular,” Jean-Pierre said. “There are people in Russia who don’t want to fight in Putin’s war or die for it.”

“We believe that regardless of nationality, they can apply for asylum in the United States and their application will be considered on a case-by-case basis,” she added. “We welcome all who seek asylum, and they should do so.”

Last week, Putin ordered a partial mobilization of the Russian armed forces and the recruitment of 300 reserve men. This move has resulted in thousands of men trying to leave Russia by any means necessary.

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Mongolia, Georgia and Kazakhstan have taken the brunt of the wave of Russian draft-age men leaving the country. Georgian officials said the number of daily border crossings nearly doubled in less than a week.

“About four or five days ago, there were from five to six thousand people from Russia every day, and now their number has increased to about ten thousand,” Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri told reporters on September 27.

Others who fled to Mongolia had to queue for more than a dozen hours before being let through. One man, Aleksey, told Reuters that he was leaving his wife and children while the call was on.

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“We are not afraid, but why should we fight in Ukraine, why? he told the agency. – If other countries attacked Russia, we would fight for our country. But why are we going to Ukraine? For what?"

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