Reports out of Russian indicate that frantic Russians have responded to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s call-up of 300,000 reservists by swamping the airlines for tickets to leave Russia, leaving plane tickets to visa-free countries sold out.
Accusing the West of attempting to “weaken and destroy” Russia, Putin announced on Wednesday that “in defense of our motherland … I deem it necessary to support the decision of the Ministry of Defence and the general command for a partial mobilization held in the Russian Federation.”
“They’re talking about nuclear blackmail,” Putin said of the United States and European leaders. “The high representatives of leading NATO states were saying that it might be permissible to use nuclear weapons against Russia.”
Then he warned of nuclear retaliation: “Those who make such statements