A boat with two fugitive Russians sailed to Alaska: but they do not expect a mass flow
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This week, two Russian citizens crossed the Bering Strait on a boat and managed to reach the American island. They explained to local residents that they were fleeing from being forced to go to war in Ukraine.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said that the appearance of Russian citizens on the island of St. Lawrence was a surprise, but clarified that, apparently, it was an isolated case and the flow of those fleeing from mobilization is not worth waiting for. It is reported by CNN.
This week, two Russians crossed the Bering Strait and reached an island in Alaska, thus trying to avoid being forced to go to war in Ukraine.
“We see no signs, it may have been an isolated case,” the governor said , warning that due to stormy weather conditions in the northwest of the state, any attempts to cross the Bering Strait over the next few days will be fraught with danger.
Officials in Alaska said the recent incident of the Russians on the boat indicates that, first, Russian citizens do not want to participate in Putin's war against Ukraine. Secondly, Alaska is closer than other states to the Russian Federation and plays an important role in ensuring the national security of the United States.
In the closest area, the distance between mainland Russia and Alaska is 88 km.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, the detained Russians were transported to Anchorage for checks, in accordance with US immigration law.
“Russian citizens said they had departed from one of the coastal settlements on the east coast of Russia, so as not to fall under the mobilization,” said Karina Borger, press secretary of Alaska Senator Lisa Markowski.
Many Ukrainians are trying to leave the Russian Federation for Estonia. This was announced by the governor of the Pskov region, Mikhail Vedernikov, who also said that mobile military registration and enlistment offices were deployed on the border with the Baltic country to recruit men of military age.