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Thousands of Russians fled to Mongolia from the partial mobilization that was announced in Russia in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, Reuters reported, quoted by BTA.

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This creates additional difficulties for the Mongolian government, which is trying to distance itself from this conflict.

Russians fleeing the mobilization were forced to wait in line for hours at a checkpoint on the Russian-Mongolian border that connects Mongolia with Russia's ethnic Mongolian province of Buryatia.

"My country has started a partial mobilization and I think this has a negative impact on society. We waited quite a long time on the Russian side of the border: about 16 hours," says one of the refugees.

Suren Bat-Tur, a guest house owner in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, said he was helping friends from Buryatia escape the mobilization.

The guest house has been filled with Russians since Putin announced the mobilization.

"I wanted to help them, it's very difficult. Now they're looking for jobs in the construction business or farming to have something to do while they're here."

explains Bat-Tur.

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One of the new arrivals, who identified himself as Alexei, said he entered Mongolia over the weekend, leaving his wife and three children in Russia.

Alexey explains that many other people have acted like him. 

"There were a lot of young people, a lot of people trying to escape from Putin," said the 40-year-old, who plans to stay in Mongolia until the situation in Russia improves.

Alexey says that he is ready to do anything to avoid becoming part of the war.

Although ordinary Mongolians have demonstrated against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Mongolia's government has maintained complete neutrality as the Asian country is completely dependent on Russia for oil and gas supplies.

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