Following Russia’s announcement of the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists due to the war in Ukraine, neighboring Finland has seen increased traffic on the common state borders. TASR took the information from the agencies DPA and Reuters. The Finnish border guard announced on Thursday that traffic from Russia heading to the country’s southeast border had “intensified” during the night. However, according to the announcement, the situation is under control and the guards at the nine entry points are ready. 4,824 Russian citizens arrived in Finland on Wednesday, up from 3,133 on the same day last week, said Matti Pitkäniitty, head of the Finnish Border Guard’s international affairs department. He emphasized that Wednesday’s numbers were lower than during a normal weekend. The Border Guard previously denied reports of 35-kilometer traffic jams on the Russian-Finnish border that were circulating on social media. The videos in question were filmed in the past and are now being taken out of context, she explained. Norway in its north did not register an increase in incoming Russians. “No changes,” Sölve Solheim, head of operational immigration control in the Finnmark region, told Reuters.
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