Russians try to avoid call to war looking for ‘how to break an arm at home’
Russians researched how to break their own weapons and rushed to buy one-way plane tickets out of the country after President Vladimir Putin said he would deploy citizens to Ukraine to fight his war Wednesday morning.
Putin and military officials said in a nationally televised address that up to 300,000 reservists would be called up immediately to fight the unprovoked invasion, after the belligerent country lost significant territory in Ukraine in amid recent counterattacks.
The dictator also informed NATO that he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons, warning Russia that there are “various means of destruction” and “will use all means at our disposal” if “territorial integrity ” of Russia is at risk.
Two hours after the speech, Google searches for “how to break an arm at home” spiked in the country, quickly rising from a rating of 0 to 38 out of 100 in the search engine‘s trend data, according to Newsweek.
Google data also showed an increase in searches for Aviasales, the country’s most popular flight booking website, as Russians ran for plane tickets out of the country.
Direct flights and routes with stopovers from Moscow to Turkey and Armenia — where Russians can enter without a visa — were sold out through Sunday, according to Aviasales.
The cheapest flights to Dubai soared to $5,000 — or about 300,000 rubles — on Wednesday, a trend that accelerated as the day wore on.
“It was possible to buy a one-way ticket in the morning for 200,000 rubles to 300,000 rubles, but not anymore,” said a source.
The Kremlin has not said whether the conscripts will be banned from international travel, and no restrictions have been put in place in the hours since the draconian military measures were announced, according to Russia’s tourism agency.
Hundreds of people were arrested across the country in the hours after the military order was announced, according to the independent protest monitoring group OVD-Info. Anti-war demonstrations and independent war reporting were made illegal in Russia earlier this year.
The mobilization was Russia’s first since World War II, and came after Ukrainian forces retook Kharkiv province, entered Luhansk, and forced Russia’s retreat in recent weeks, marking the humiliating defeat for the larger Russian army.
The Russian-backed separatists announced on Tuesday that they would hold annexation referendums in the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces it currently occupies or partially occupies as Russia looks to consolidate its hold on the eastern and southern provinces. place
Ukraine and its allies – including the US – have signaled that any election held would be heavily manipulated in ludicrous contests that would not justify Russia’s westward expansion of its borders or intensify military action.
The move is reminiscent of the fake vote it used as justification for the “illegal” 2014 annexation of Crimea, observers said.
Putin unleashed war on Ukraine in February to reclaim the former Soviet Union republic and thwart the independent nation’s ambitions to join NATO. He falsely told his people that his propaganda-filled “special military operation” was deployed to save Ukraine from the Nazis.
The United Nations Human Rights Office estimated earlier this month that more than 14,000 Ukrainian civilian casualties had been recorded while warning that the true number was “likely higher.”
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