A dramatic time-lapse video from a flight tracking service shows hundreds of Russians fleeing their country after President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of at least 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine. There seems to be
flightradar24, a Swedish company that provides real-time aircraft flight tracking information, shared a video on Thursday showing a huge number of flights departing from Moscow and St. Petersburg airports. Petersburg.
Video created one day late Putin announces in national speech It was Russia’s largest draft since World War II and came into effect immediately after seven months of fighting and a series of nasty setbacks of Russian forces in Ukraine.
“We are talking about partial mobilization, that is, only citizens currently in the reserve are subject to conscription, and above all those who have served in the armed forces have specific military expertise and relevant experience,” Putin said. have.
Notice of Conscription Provoked protests in more than 30 Russian cities As a result, about 1,300 people were arrested and one-way ticket prices soared.
Searches for Aviasales, Russia’s most popular website for buying airline tickets, have also increased, according to Google Trends data.
Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul, Turkey and Yerevan, Armenia, which are still visa-free destinations for Russians, sold out in the next few days, according to Aviasales data.
The cheapest flight from Moscow to Dubai is over $5,000, about five times the average monthly salary in Russia.
Traffic also surged at border crossings with Finland and Georgia.
A tourism industry official said, “This is panic demand from people who fear they won’t be able to leave the country later. People are buying tickets without worrying about where they will fly to. ” he said.
Russia, however, insisted that reports of mass exodus were exaggerated.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted in The Washington Post as saying: “Information about the particular frenzied situation at the airport is greatly exaggerated.
Russian news outlets on Thursday, citing the Russian General Staff, reported that 10,000 people had volunteered to fight even before the call-up documents arrived.
However, a Google search reveals that desperate Russians I was researching how to break my own bones Searches for ‘how to break your arm at home’ to avoid being sent to the front lines are skyrocketing across the country.
In a speech Wednesday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said of Russia’s decision to mobilize, “frankly that the regular army that had been ready to occupy foreign countries for decades could not stand and collapsed. I admit it,” he said.
with post wire