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Following Putin’s mobilization order, Russians scramble for the airport

NewsDesk, Sept 22– Following President Vladimir Putin’s decision for a partial mobilisation on Thursday, some Russian men sprinted for the exits as travel costs from Moscow skyrocketed and gridlock at border crossings with Finland and Georgia increased.

Putin warned the West that he was serious when he declared he would be prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia on Wednesday by ordering Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two and supporting a proposal to annex large portions of Ukraine.

Most flights out of Moscow were entirely sold out for the upcoming days, with one-way tickets costing over $5,000 to the closest international destinations.

One Russian news site provided a list of “where to flee away right now from Russia,” while social media groups appeared with suggestions for leaving the country. At Georgian border crossings, there were protracted lines of traffic.

As he landed in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, Sergei, a Russian man who declined to give his last name, told Reuters, “War is dreadful.” “It’s acceptable to be terrified of death, war, and similar things.”

Sergei claimed that his peers were concerned about the prospect of being forced to fight in Ukraine. He added, “They’re terrified too. It’s a challenging scenario. People were desperate to find plane tickets out of Russia, a source in the tourism sector told Reuters.

The chief of international affairs for the Finnish border guard, Matti Pitkaniitty, told Reuters that “the number certainly has grown,” but that the situation was under control and that border officers were on duty at nine checkpoints.

A rights group reported that Russian police detained more than 1,300 individuals in Russia on Wednesday during protests against mobilisation. An order to mobilise was issued by a military commissar in the Yakutia region of the far east.

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