A Russian conscript who refused to go to war against Ukraine described a grueling four-day escape spanning thousands of miles with like-minded young draft dodgers.
The exile of the 21-year-old Eboshi was set in motion when he got an electronic draft summons last week, he told Business Insider Sunday under a pseudonym.
On Sept. 21, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced 300,000 men would be drafted to fight his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine amid a series of embarrassing Russian tactical losses to its under-matched opponent.
Eboshi, whose parents are Ukrainian, immediately decided it was time to flee Russia, he told the outlet from an undisclosed border nation.
“I’m ethnically Ukrainian. I cannot go to war against a country where my family lives,” he said.
Carrying only a backpack, Eboshi embarked on an 1,800-mile train ride from Siberia to Moscow last Sunday, according to the report — a train he said was packed with other young men who also appeared to be fleeing Russia.
“It was so hard to leave all my belongings and loved ones behind in my home country and go with my backpack into the unknown,” he told the outlet over a messaging app.
From Moscow, Eboshi made his way to a bordering country, risking a 10-year prison