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Sharp rise in flight demand (and fares) after Putin’s call to call up reservists for war

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This is how the mercenaries recruited by Russia for its war in Ukraine act 3:19 (CNN) — The number of Russians trying to leave the country by air or land has increased considerably after President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens to bolster their weakened forces in Ukraine. Russian travel agency websites showed a dramatic increase on Wednesday in demand for flights to destinations where Russians are not required to have a visa. Websites selling flights in Russia indicate that all direct flights to countries that do not ask Russians for visas are sold out until this Friday at the earliest. Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul, Yerevan in Armenia and Baku in Azerbaijan are among those that are full, according to ticketing websites. According to Google Trends, the term “leaving Russia” saw a sharp increase in searches among Russians over the last 24 hours. Google Trends data also showed a sharp rise in Russians searching for “Aviasales,” a leading flight sales engine in Russia. The number had quadrupled in 24 hours, with most searches coming from Moscow and St. Petersburg. According to the Aviasales ticket manager, one-way tickets this Friday from Moscow to Istanbul start at US$2,715 per ticket. Before President Putin’s mobilization announcement, tickets cost around $350. The Russian state-owned airline Aeroflot’s website showed that all economy-class tickets to Armenia are sold out until September 28. “Due to passenger and media inquiries, we would like to inform you that Aeroflot Group airlines are operating as usual. There are no restrictions on ticket sales,” Aeroflot said in a statement. Russia: more than 1,000 demonstrators arrested in anti-war protests 0:51 Land traffic on the Russian border increases Those who tried to flee the country by land also increased. Traffic on Finland’s eastern border with Russia intensified overnight on Thursday, a Finnish border guard official said in a tweet. The border guard’s international affairs chief, Matti Pitkaniitty, said in a tweet that 4,824 Russians arrived in Finland through the country’s eastern border on Wednesday night. He added that this traffic is “lower than [un] normal weekend,” but it was considerably higher than the 3,133 Russians who came over the border last Wednesday. Traffic on Thursday morning also remained busy, he said. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said that Finland is closely monitoring the situation in Russia following the Kremlin’s announcement of “partial mobilization” Summary of the war Ukraine – Russia: September 21 11:46 The increase in demand for flights out of the country and in traffic in the Finnish border followed Putin’s speech on Wednesday morning, an intervention that threatened to escalate his hesitant invasion of Ukraine.The “partial mobilization” of citizens means those in reserve could be called up and those with military experience they would be subject to compulsory military service, Putin said.Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Russian television on Wednesday morning that 300,000 reserv ists. Putin added that the corresponding decree had already been signed and was in force. The flurry of online searches for flights from Russia may indicate growing dissent about the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine. On Monday, Russian pop legend Alla Pugacheva was the latest high-profile Russian to express his opposition to the war. He called for an end to Russian soldiers “dying for illusory goals that make our country a pariah.” While Putin’s speech on Wednesday has serious implications for parts of the Russian population, he also sent further warnings to the West. The president said he would use “all means at our disposal” and even raised the possibility of using nuclear weapons if he believes Russia’s “territorial integrity” is threatened.

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