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“How to break arm,” became Russia’s top Google search after Putin gave family 4 hours to say goodbye

'How to Break Arm,' Becomes Russia's Top Google Search, After 4 Hours to Say Goodbye to Putin Family

On Wednesday, Putin ordered Russia to mobilize first

“How to break an arm at home” became Russia’s top Google trend, shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday the deployment of citizens to fight in Ukraine. Russians also bought one-way flight tickets out of the country after the announcement, it was reported The New York Post. In a speech, President Putin and military officials said 300,000 reservists would immediately be deployed to fight unprovoked after the warring country lost significant ground in Ukraine amid recent counter-offensives.

Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II and backed plans to annex large parts of Ukraine, warning the West that he was prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.

The Russians were given just four hours to pack their bags and say goodbye to their families, a Metro.uk Hundreds of thousands more tried to flee the country, including five-hour-long queues at the border with Finland, Georgia and Mongolia, according to reports. Those who were lucky got flights, but others were prevented from leaving even if they got tickets or visas.

Air ticket prices outside of Moscow have soared above $5,000 for a one-way ticket to the nearest foreign destination, with most air tickets sold out in the coming days. Social media groups popped up with suggestions on how to get out of Russia while a Russian news site listed “where to escape from Russia right now.” There were long tailbacks at the border crossing with Georgia, Reuters reported.

Western military analysts have long said Russia is suffering from severe manpower shortages due to heavy battlefield losses in Ukraine, while Russian nationalists have for months called for a mobilization to inject new life into what they describe as a stuttering campaign.

Ukraine launched its own mobilization program two days before Russia’s February 24 invasion and declared martial law soon after, which banned men aged 18-60 from leaving the country. It is currently in its fourth wave of organization. The exact number of reservists organized in Ukraine is classified, but according to official announcements it is at least 400,000.

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