The Ukrainians detained dozens of men who were trying to leave the country

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Ukrainian border authorities announced today that they detained dozens of men who were trying to leave the country after aggressive military recruitment.

Kiev last month introduced new legislation aimed at replenishing the ranks of the army after more than two years of war with Russia.

Ukrainians between the ages of 18 and 60 have been banned from leaving the country since the Russian invasion.

Border services in the southern Odesa region, which borders Moldova and Romania, said they discovered 41 Ukrainian nationals from 12 regions trying to escape in a grain truck.

"Administrative records have been drawn up against the violators, and the two defendants who organized the smuggling are facing criminal responsibility," the statement said.

In February, border guards said they stopped 38 Ukrainians from trying to illegally cross into neighboring Hungary and that the "smugglers" made off between $4.500 and $8.500 from each person.

The Border Patrol did not say whether the men were specifically trying to avoid mobilization.

Social media has been awash in recent weeks with amateur footage showing Ukrainians being dragged off the street by recruitment officials. Resentment over the expansion of conscription has been fueled by reports that some Ukrainians have paid bribes to avoid conscription.

Since the start of the war in February 2022, border authorities said they had discovered the bodies of 35 people who died trying to cross the Tisza River on Ukraine's borders with Hungary and Romania.

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