While Joe Biden and the Democrats continue to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine, it seems that Putin isn’t slowing down his efforts in the slightest. Recently, the President announced that he was mobilizing 300,000 troops to send to fight in Ukraine. The only problem, Putin doesn’t have 300,000 soldiers on standby. That led to him announcing a “partial mobilization” decree last week. Now, as the world watches average citizens forced to take up arms, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Tuesday, warning all U.S. citizens in the area to flee the nation immediately as they could be swept up in the mobilization as well.

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In the statement, the embassy explained, “Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service.” Although the embassy advised citizens to leave the area, it has become somewhat impossible as the decree led to Russian citizens trying to flee the mobilization as well. Add that with the numerous checkpoints and few flights, it is even more difficult. “Those residing or traveling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain.”

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With the war having already played out on social media, images and videos have been uploaded showing thousands of cars jamming the highways and airports as fighting-age men look to leave Russia out of fear of Putin’s orders. Places like Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia have all closed their border to any Russian citizens, making it even harder for people to escape.

At the same time the embassy released its statement, the White House announced they would accept any Russian refugee who decided to flee the area instead of staying and fighting for Vladimir Putin.

Discussing the current situation between Russia and Ukraine, users online wrote:

  • “I would propose a new law saying, All college-age Americans that have had their student loans reduced or forgiven should be first in the draft as a type of repayment to the taxpayers.”
  • “I remember the good old days when we had low gas prices, low inflation, low food prices, low energy bills, secure borders, and a President of the United States. Unfortunately, that all ended on January 20, 2021.”
  • “As always, when you leave the U.S., you are at the mercy of the government of the country you’re going to. Russia is certainly on that list of top countries that present considerable risk. If you choose to go there or stick around during turbulent times like this, you better be ready for bad things to happen, knowing the U.S. government isn’t going to necessarily save you. Sounds like Russia is going back to the good ol’ days when ship captains would just shanghai unwitting souls to round out the crew on their ships.”