Russians scramble to buy flights as Putin's escalation in Ukraine fuels unease at home

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Russians scramble to buy flights as Putin's escalation in Ukraine fuels unease at home

From NBC News | Politics by Matthew Bodner

For the first time, many draft-age Russian men and their families are contending with the prospect of fighting and dying in a conflict the Kremlin just intensified. It’s a line Putin has seemed loath to cross despite growing pressure, one that analysts warned could backfire on the Kremlin.

“The presidential decree is purposefully vague about the expected number of draftees, their qualifications and overall draft period, which means the scope can always be widened,” said Andrei, the financial analyst. He added that he did not expect to be called up in the first wave, but fully expected to be sent into battle if this war goes on long enough.

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