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Russia announces exemptions to call-up for Ukraine war

Russia's defence ministry has revealed a host of workers who will be exempted from compulsory enrolment aimed at boosting its war effort in Ukraine.
 
IT workers, bankers and journalists working for state media will escape the partial mobilisation announced by President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
 
Around 300,000 citizens face being called up as part of the drive.
 
The move has prompted a rush towards borders as young men attempt to flee to evade the draft.
 
And there is speculation that more people could be called up.
 
One paragraph of the mobilisation decree remains entirely classified.
 
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this referred to the total number of Russians that could be conscripted, which he said could not be disclosed.
 


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