On Wednesday, 4,824 Russians arrived in Finland via the eastern border, compared to 3,133 a week earlier. Border crossings into Finland from Russia have “intensified” overnight, Finnish border guards said early Thursday, but said the situation was under control. Finland is closely monitoring the situation in Russia after President Vladimir Putin decreed a partial military mobilization, Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said on Wednesday. “The number has clearly increased,” Matti Pitkaniitty, head of international affairs for the border guards, told Reuters, adding that the situation was under control. To read also: War in Ukraine: the Russians won by panic? The search “How to leave Russia?” trending on Google ahead of ‘partial mobilization’ announcement Flight rush to leave Russia Vladimir Putin’s announcement early Wednesday morning raises fears that some men of fighting age may not be allowed in to leave the country and caused a rush on one-way flights from Russia. The number of people crossing the border on Wednesday, however, was lower than that seen over the weekend, according to Matti Pitkaniitty. On Wednesday, 4,824 Russians arrived in Finland via the eastern border, up from 3,133 a week earlier, he added. In northern Norway, however, there would have been no change in the number of crossings, Soelve Solheim, section chief for the operational control of Norwegian immigration, told Reuters.
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