News Desk, 22 Sept – After President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilisation on Thursday, several Russian men sprinted for the exits, causing increased traffic at the borders with Finland and Georgia and skyrocketing airfare costs from Moscow.
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.
“War is awful,” When Sergei, a Russian who declined to disclose his last name, arrived in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, he spoke with Reuters. “Fear of death, war, and such similar things is acceptable.”
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.
People are purchasing tickets regardless of where they are flying to, the source claimed. “This is a panic demand from people who are afraid they won’t be able to leave the country later.” The volume of traffic along the eastern Finland-Russia border “intensified” overnight, according to the Finnish Border Guard.
“The number has definitely increased,” Matti Pitkaniitty, the Finnish border guard’s chief of foreign activities, told Reuters, adding that the situation was under control and that border guards were available at nine checkpoints.
A rights group reported that Russian police detained more than 1,300 individuals in Russia on Wednesday during protests against mobilization.
An order to mobilise was issued by a military commissar in the Yakutia region of the far east.