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Russia restricts the passage of vehicles in North Ossetia, a region bordering Georgia

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Russia has begun banning cars seeking to enter the border region with Georgia after thousands of people try to flee Vladimir Putin’s mobilization order for military reservists.

This Wednesday it became known that the entry of vehicles from other regions to North Ossetia has been prohibited. That crossing point has been seeing long lines of cars since the previous week from men seeking to cross into Georgia.

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An estimated 194,000 Russians have fled to Georgia, Kazakhstan and Finland.

According to the official local government channel on Telegram, the leader of this region Sergéi Méniailo signed a decree “restricting the entry of passenger vehicles into the territory of North Ossetia”, with the exception of residents and tourists.

This satellite image taken and released by Maxar Technologies on September 27, 2022 shows the “Lars checkpoint” in Georgia, near the Russian border, showing the column of cars stretching some 20 kilometers. Photo: AFP

The regulations stipulate that people who go to vacation camps and other tourist structures in this republic are exempt. In addition, a state of alert was declared in several districts, including the regional capital, Vladikavkaz.

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This decision will make it difficult to travel between Vladikavkaz and Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, which is located 200 kilometers to the south, where many Russians have found refuge since the beginning of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

Since the announcement last week of a “partial” mobilization for the offensive in Ukraine, tens of thousands of Russians have fled to neighboring countries, especially Georgia, but also Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

Georgian activists protest against mass immigration from Russia at the Kazbegi/Verkhniy Lars border crossing on September 28, 2022. The latest wave of Russian exiles shows men of military age trying to pass by in cars, on bicycles and a few kilometers on foot to the border crossing. Photo: AFP

According to the online service Yandex Maps, the traffic jam leading to Verkhny Lars, a border crossing into Georgia from Russia’s North Ossetia region, stretched for more than nine miles on Tuesday.

Social media showed hundreds of pedestrians lining up at the checkpoint after Russian border guards relaxed regulations and allowed people to cross on foot. Similar long lines were reported at some crossings into Kazakhstan. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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