The mass exodus comes as Putin’s government tries to intensify Russia’s faltering offensive in Ukraine and looks likely to quickly annex four occupied territories referendum Held in joining Russia.
Shortly after Putin, dropout of military-aged men begins order More troops were mobilized last Wednesday to regain the upper hand Ukraine. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said a total of 300,000 people will be recruited.
New satellite imagery released on Monday showed large lines of vehicles at Russia’s border crossings with neighboring Georgia and Mongolia.
U.S. defense contractor Maxar Technologies said images it collected on Sunday showed heavy traffic jams at the Upper Ras border crossing between Russia and Georgia, possibly more than 10 miles from what satellites can capture in one image. .
On Tuesday, Russian state news agency TASS quoted Russian border officials as saying that about 3,600 passenger cars were waiting to enter Georgia.
Russian media also reported a surge in its citizens trying to enter Finland and Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Tuesday there was “no crisis or panic” over the influx of Russians in the country, Interfax news agency reported, but said the situation “difficult” and promised to discuss with the Russian side. Kazakh border authorities said 98,000 Russian citizens had entered Kazakhstan since the mobilization was announced, Russian state news agency Ria reported.
NBC News contacted border officials in Kazakhstan and Finland for further comment.
Complete the border officer at a tweet Traffic on its land border with Russia remained heavy on Tuesday but dwindled from the weekend peak.
The exodus comes amid growing violence at the recruitment centre.
recruiter is Shot in the draft office In Siberia on Monday, a draft center in the southern Russian city of Ulyupinsk caught fire. Since the war began, there have been reports of arson at the enlistment office of the Russian military.
On Monday, Russian media reported cases of men being deported at Russian airports and barred from leaving the country.
Russia’s state media agency Ria said one of its journalists, Ilia Vasilyev, was barred from boarding a flight out of Russia at Zhukovsky Airport in the Moscow region. Ria shared notification photo Border guards handed it over to Vasiliev, depriving him of his right to leave, according to what border officials said was a decision by the military registry.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry sought to ease the growing panic, saying in a statement on Monday that there were “no restrictions on the movement of citizens” during the partial mobilization. The ministry also said it had not asked other countries to forcibly repatriate those fleeing their conscription.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Say Tass news agency reported that no decision had been made on Monday on whether to seal the borders and impose martial law.
The growing public anger has even sparked criticism from the Kremlin’s top lawmakers and propagandists, who accuse recruiters of being “excessive” and sparking mass panic by recruiting people who don’t qualify.
Tuesday is also the last day to vote in hastily called referendum Join Russia in Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Kyiv and its Western allies have dismissed the votes as bogus amid fears that Moscow will rig the results and annex Ukrainian territory. World’s reaction to ‘pseudo-referendum’, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday will be severe.
Putin warn Last week, he may have used nuclear weapons if Russia’s territorial integrity was threatened. Many observers see his annexation efforts as an opportunity for nuclear blackmail.
One of the Kremlin’s most hawkish figures, former President Dmitry Medvedev, repeated the threat on Tuesday, saying Putin’s nuclear threat was not a “bluff.”
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