Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, not only women and children, but also many conscripted men, fleeing from mobilization and using various border crossing schemes, have gone abroad.

Many of them are trying to get to Moldova.

About who and how much money is earned by evaders, as well as trends in the flow of illegal immigrants from Ukraine, was reported by NewsMaker.

Special services on both sides of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border daily expose men of draft age who try to leave Ukraine illegally, as well as "intermediaries" who undertake to help evaders for considerable money.

The head of the border police of Moldova, Ruslan Galushka, said that most often they try to organize illegal border crossings in the southern and northern parts of the border of Moldova.

In addition, those who entered the territory of the country not through official checkpoints are caught by the border guard of Moldova when they try to leave for the countries of the European Union, because they do not have an entry stamp in their passport.

According to Ruslan Galushka, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, about 15 thousand Ukrainian men have illegally crossed the border of Moldova.

"The average number per day varies from 5 to 25 illegal crossings.

We have noticed some trends: for example, the number of illegal crossings increases when bloody fighting continues in Ukraine.

Now the situation has stabilized: there are fewer illegal crossings than at the beginning, but we cannot talk about the trend of decreasing such cases," said the head of the border service.

According to the publication, crossing the border with the help of intermediaries costs from 1.5 to 15 thousand US dollars.

And citizens of both Moldova and Ukraine make money from this, forming organized crime groups.

In 2022, 319 criminal cases were initiated in Moldova for organizing illegal border crossings.

And in just 10 months of 2023, 399 such cases were initiated.

Most of the participants in these cases are citizens of Moldova, including 24 border guards.

However, citizens of Ukraine who illegally crossed the border appear in most such cases as the injured party.