Long queues at Russian-Georgian border after Russian mobilization announced (video)

Eyewitness video released by RFE/RL’s Georgian service shows that on the day (September 21) Russian President Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization in Russia, Showed numerous cars queuing to cross over to Georgia.

An unidentified person who was filming the video complained of cars jumping over the lines and said the border crossing at the pass, which often saw hours-long queues, was “stopped.”

A Reuters correspondent in Georgia said on Thursday that the cars appeared to have passed in small groups.

Traffic has also surged at the border crossing with Finland, driving up the price of air tickets from Moscow.

Putin ordered the first Russian mobilization since World War II on Wednesday, when he backed plans to annex a swath of Ukraine and said he was ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. , warned the West that he was not bluffing.

Social media groups posted advice on how to escape Russia, and one Russian news site offered a list of “where to flee Russia now.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that reports about the departure of men of military age were exaggerated. Asked about reports that the draft had been handed over to men detained for anti-war protests, Peskov said it did not violate the law.

More than 70% of Russians support what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation,” according to a Russian state-run pollster, but polls leaked in July suggested the fighting should be stopped or continued. There was an even split among those who wanted a fight at the orphanage.

The conflict in Ukraine has claimed tens of thousands of lives, set off a wave of inflation in the global economy, and marked the worst confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when many feared an imminent nuclear war. Caused.

Tourism industry sources told Reuters people were desperate to find flights from Russia.

“This is panic demand from people who fear they won’t be able to leave the country later. People are buying tickets without caring where they fly,” the source said. .

According to the Finnish Border Guard, traffic arriving at Finland’s eastern border with Russia “increased” overnight.

Matti Pitkaniti, head of international affairs at the Finnish border guard, told Reuters the situation was under control and border guards were on standby at nine checkpoints. added.

Russian police on Wednesday detained more than 1,300 people at protests condemning mobilization in Russia, rights groups said. Long queues at Russian-Georgian border after Russian mobilization announced (video)

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