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Video shows flights departing from Russia after military appeal


Dramatic time-lapse video from a flight tracking service appears to show hundreds of Russians fleeing their country after President Vladimir Putin ordered the mobilization of at least 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine.

Flightradar24a Swedish company that provides real-time information on aircraft flight tracking, shared a video on Thursday showing a massive number of flights departing from Moscow and St. Petersburg airports.

The video was created a day after Putin gave a national speech to announce Russia’s biggest project since World War II, which went into effect immediately, following a series of embarrassing setbacks for his forces in Ukraine after seven months of fighting.

“We are talking about partial mobilization, that is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who have served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience “, Putin said.

The exodus from Russia began after Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine.
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News of the military call sparked protests in more than three dozen Russian cities, leading to some 1,300 arrests and driving up the prices of one-way plane tickets.

Google Trends data also showed an increase in searches for Aviasales, which is Russia’s most popular website for purchasing flights.

Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul in Turkey and Yerevan in Armenia, two destinations that still allow Russians to enter visa-free, were fully booked for the next few days, according to data from Aviasales.

The cheapest flights from Moscow to Dubai cost more than $5,000, about five times the average monthly salary in Russia.

Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul in Turkey and Yerevan in Armenia have been sold out for the next few days, despite high costs.
Direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul in Turkey and Yerevan in Armenia have been sold out for the next few days, despite high costs.
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Police arrest a man who protested against the mobilization of Russia.
Police arrest a man who protested against the mobilization of Russia.
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Some 1,300 Russians were arrested during anti-war protests in 38 cities.
Some 1,300 Russians were arrested during anti-war protests in 38 cities.
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Traffic also increased at border crossings with Finland and Georgia.

“This is a panic request from people who are afraid that they won’t be able to leave the country later – people are buying tickets without worrying about where they are going,” an industry source said. tourism.

Russia, however, insisted that reports of a mass exodus were exaggerated.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted in the Washington Post as saying, “Reports about a certain feverish situation at airports are greatly exaggerated.”

A Russian man arrives at Zvartnots International Airport outside Yerevan, Armenia on Thursday.
A Russian man arrives at Zvartnots International Airport outside Yerevan, Armenia on Thursday.
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Russian news agencies reported on Thursday that 10,000 people had volunteered to fight before their appeal papers even arrived, citing the Russian general staff.

But Google searches showed desperate Russians looking for ways to break their bones to avoid being sent to the frontline – with searches for “how to break an arm at home” booming in the country.

In his Wednesday night address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Russia’s decision on mobilization as “a candid admission that their regular army, which has been groomed for decades to take over a foreign country, has not did not resist and collapsed”.

With pole wires



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