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Flights from Russia are sold out after Putin ordered mobilization

Russian citizens are seeking to leave the country after Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization within the country to support the war in Ukraine.

According to major ticketing services such as Skyscanner and Direct flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Turkish Istanbul, Armenian Yerevan and Georgian Tbilisi on September 21 were sold out.

Multiple sources it is reported that the tickets disappeared on the night of September 20-21, while Russia was waiting for Putin’s address.

September 20, 2022 the Russian-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics proposed holding referendums on joining Russia.

After these statements, the Russian media announced that Putin would address the nation in the evening of the same day.

According to unconfirmed reports, the announcement may include a declaration of full or partial mobilization within Russia to aid its military efforts against Ukraine.

Originally scheduled for 20:00 Moscow time (17:00 GMT) on September 20, 2022, Putin’s address was postponed until the next morning for unknown reasons.

As the morning of September 21 approached, reports began to appear about flights from Russia being sold out.

The price of available tickets has also increased by ten times the original cost.

At the same time, flights to Asian countries were sold out in the eastern regions of Russia. According to flights from the Siberian autonomous republic of Buryatia to neighboring Mongolia were also sold out overnight, according to local media reports, and local travel agencies were inundated with requests to sell additional tickets.

While the exact extent of Russia’s mobilization is currently unclear, the country’s Defense Minister Siarhei Shaigu said Initially, 300,000 reservists will be called up, further mobilization campaigns may be conducted “more than once”.



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