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Watch: Tracker video shows flights pouring out of Russia after Putin's troop call-up

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called up additional troops to fight in Ukraine.

September 22, 2022 / 02:12 PM IST
A screengrab from a Flightradar24 video.

A screengrab from a Flightradar24 video.


Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for additional troops to fight in Ukraine has triggered a rush of flights out of the country, as citizens try to flee over fears they may be sent to the frontlines.

According to a New York Times report, tickets for countries like Kazakhstan, Turkey and Armenia -- where Russians can travel without visas -- have sold out or become extremely expensive.

On Wednesday, September 21, there were reportedly no one-way tickets available from Moscow to Istanbul or Yerevan -- the capital of Armenia.

Flightradar 24, a Swedish service that provides real-time flight tracking information, shared a time-lapse video showing a flurry of flights out of Moscow and St Petersburg.

 

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a national televised address on Wednesday, called for "partial" mobilisation in Russia, adding that the Defence Ministry would ascertain how many more troops will be called for duty.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that initially, 300,000 reservists with service experience will be called up.

This announcement led to fears that in the future, the country may broaden the scope and order many men of fighting age to go war in Ukraine

Putin's call for additional troops to carry on Russia's war on Ukraine led to protests in the country and drew condemnation from world leaders.

At the UN General Assembly, United States President Joe Biden criticised Russia's violation of the core principles of the UN Charter.

He said Russia was trying to take away Ukraine's "right to exist as a state," destroying its hospitals, railway stations and schools.

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the global community to put "maximum pressure" on Putin to end the violence in Ukraine.

(With inputs from AFP and AP)

 

 

 
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first published: Sep 22, 2022 02:12 pm
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