At least 1,400 Russians arrested by Thursday mass protest Massive lines formed at the border in a desperate attempt to escape the war-torn country against the largest conscription since World War II.
Protests erupted in at least 38 cities on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 troops for the war in Ukraine, while Threat of all-out nuclear war West and.
Many of the protesters received summonses to report to the recruiting office on Thursday, the first full day of the draft.
Video footage from Novosibirsk showed police in riot gear marching to disperse peaceful protesters gathered outside the central square.
“I don’t want to die for Putin or for you!” cried one of the arrested men.
By late Wednesday, at least 1,400 people had been arrested across Russia. Monitor Group OVD-Info.
The majority of those arrested were in Russia’s two largest cities, with at least 530 in Moscow and 470 in St. Petersburg. Petersburg.
In some cities, police were forced to reduce arrest rates because all cells were already full, the group said.
After Putin’s announcement, flights from Russia quickly sold out. The video also appeared to capture endless lines of people trying to flee across all available borders.
“For any normal person[worried]it’s scary,” said one man who arrived in Belgrade from Moscow by plane.
“It’s okay to be afraid of things like war.”
On Wednesday, 4,824 Russians arrived in Finland. It is the longest border with the European Union, up from 3,133 a week ago. The departure “intensified” overnight, the Finnish border guard said on Thursday.
Matti Pitkaniti, head of international affairs at the Finnish Border Guard, said: “The numbers are clearly increasing.
The same applies to all Russian borders. According to the independent Moscow Times, It said an “exceptional number” of terrified citizens were trying to flee.
According to a Moscow outlet, the rush was so intense that the border with Georgia “collapsed” in overwhelming traffic.
Similar endless lines of cars were photographed on the borders of Russia with Mongolia and the Republic of Kazakhstan in Central Asia, which has the longest shared border with Russia in the world.
The Kremlin dismissed the border report as “greatly exaggerated” and said some footage shared online was “fake”.
Meanwhile, three Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – said they would refuse to evacuate Russians fleeing Putin’s mobilization after imposing restrictions on Russian tourists earlier this week.
The exodus took place after Ukraine accused Russia of firing eight missiles and 16 airstrikes against military and civilian targets and 115 anti-aircraft missiles in the past 24 hours. rice field.
State Governor Oleksandr Starov said nine missiles hit a hotel and power plant in Zaporizhia, killing at least one person and burying others under rubble.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confronts his Ukrainian and Western counterparts as UN Secretary-General António Guterres and International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan brief the Security Council later on Thursday. intend to do something.
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