After Putin announced partial mobilization, there was a large turnout for flights departing from Russia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–Busy flights departing from Russia by air and land, A significant increase after President Vladimir Putin announced the “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens to reinforce his depleted forces in Ukraine.

Travel agency websites in Russia showed on Wednesday a significant increase in demand for flights to destinations that do not require Russians to obtain an entry visa.

And websites that sell flights in Russia indicate that all direct flights to countries that do not require visas for Russians were sold out until Friday, at least.

It is noteworthy that direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul, Yerevan in Armenia and Baku in Azerbaijan are among the full ones.

According to Google Trends, the term “leaving Russia” has seen a sharp increase in searches among Russians in the past 24 hours.

Google Trends data also showed a sharp increase in the number of Russian searchers for Aviasales, Russia’s leading flight sales engine.

The number quadrupled in 24 hours, with most searches coming from Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

The website of Russian state airline Aeroflot showed that all economy class tickets to Armenia were sold out until September 28.

“Due to inquiries from passengers and the media, we would like to inform you that Aeroflot Group is operating as usual… and there are no restrictions on the sale of tickets,” Aeroflot said in a statement.

The number of people trying to flee the country by land has increased.

A Finnish border guard official said in a tweet on Twitter that traffic on Finland’s eastern border with Russia intensified on Thursday evening.

Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kakkonen said the country is closely monitoring the situation in Russia after the Kremlin announced “partial mobilization”.

The increase in demand for outbound flights and traffic at the Finnish border followed Putin’s speech on Wednesday morning.

In it, Putin said that the “partial mobilization” of citizens means that those in the reserves can be called up and those with military experience will be subject to mandatory conscription.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Russian television Wednesday morning that 300,000 reservists would be called up.

Putin added that the relevant decree has already been signed and is in force.

And while Putin’s speech on Wednesday had serious consequences for a large segment of the Russian people, it also sent several warnings to the West.

The president said he would use “all the means at our disposal” and even raised the possibility of using nuclear weapons if he deemed Russia’s “territorial integrity” threatened.

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