Thousands of Brits in Russia risk fighting in Ukraine as Foreign Office warns to ‘opt out NOW’

DUAL British nationals in Russia risk being drafted into Ukraine to fight and should leave immediately, the government has warned.

Around 4,000 Britons are believed to be in Russia, including some with dual citizenship.

Reservists drafted during the partial mobilization in Sevastopol, Crimea

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Reservists drafted during the partial mobilization in Sevastopol, CrimeaPhoto credit: Reuters
A weepy woman says goodbye to a reservist drafted into the war in Ukraine

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A weepy woman says goodbye to a reservist drafted into the war in UkrainePhoto credit: Reuters
Russian men cross the border at Verkhny Lars in Georgia after fleeing the country

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Russian men cross the border at Verkhny Lars in Georgia after fleeing the countryCredit: AP

Vladimir Putin is trying to bring 300,000 additional troops to the Ukrainian front after announcing the partial mobilization of Russian troops.

And the UK has warned Brits could be called up to fight, advising its nationals to leave if their presence is “not essential”.

The FCDO said: “British nationals with Russian passports should be aware that they may be mobilized as the Russian government treats dual nationals with British and Russian passports as Russian nationals.

“Since September 21, border crossings and airports have been particularly busy. Plan more time if you are traveling.”

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Rusty Kalashnikovs were presented to civilians who were forced to join the Russian bloodbath

The US Embassy in Moscow also warned: “Russia may refuse to recognize dual citizens as U.S. citizens, deny them access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent them from leaving Russia, and conscript dual citizens into military service.”

The embassy urged US citizens and tourists to “depart immediately while limited commercial travel opportunities exist.”

As Putin’s disastrous war falters and Moscow loses ground on the battlefield, the desperate despot has called up more conscripts to aid efforts in Ukraine.

But many Russian men have been desperate for ways to avoid Putin’s conscription to avoid being sent to Ukraine to die.

The panic comes amid reports that the Kremlin may soon close Russia’s borders to prevent fighting-age men from leaving.

Men reportedly hastily married or volunteered as caregivers of older children to get out of the war – some reportedly breaking their arms to avoid conscription.

And there have been huge traffic jams at the borders and a rush to buy flights from Russia as men try to escape the Kremlin’s grip.

Shocking footage even showed a man setting himself on fire at a train station in Ryazan, 110 miles southeast of Moscow, to avoid being sent to the front lines.

Another video showed the moment a Russian deliberately broke his leg in a desperate attempt to avoid being shipped to Ukraine.

Women have led protests against mass mobilization in Russia’s Dagestan region, with footage showing wives and girlfriends clashed with police officers as they tried to prevent their husbands from being dragged away.

They took to the streets and chanted, “Don’t let them take our men!”

As tensions boil over, videos show protesters turning themselves in to police, with officers reportedly using stun guns and batons on the angry crowd.

More than 100 people were arrested during the protests, said OVD-Info, a Russian independent human rights monitor.

Brave locals blocked a main road in Endirey village to try to prevent conscripts from entering the area, according to OVD-Info.

Footage showed police officers firing automatic rifles in the air as they tried to disperse the crowd – but defiant residents continued to block the street.

Putin signed the decree on partial mobilization last week.

It is Russia’s first such mobilization since World War II – marking a major escalation of the war, which is now in its seventh month.

But recently conscripted militants in Russian-held eastern Ukraine are said to be surrendering in droves, and humiliating footage has emerged of drunk conscripts fighting each other as they are herded onto school buses.

Rusted guns and 60-year-old tanks are handed over to demoralized conscripts who would rather surrender than fight.

And mobilized men are expected to receive just two weeks of training before being shipped to Ukraine, compared to the minimum six months of training normally offered.

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