Finnish border guard: Increased traffic on the border with Russia today

Finnish border guard: Increased traffic on the border with Russia today
Finnish border guard: Increased traffic on the border with Russia today

Vehicle crossing into Finland from its southeastern border with Russia remained heavy today, the border guard told Reuters

He also added that the number of Russians who entered the country yesterday, Thursday, was more than double that of the previous Thursday.

Finland is considering barring most Russians from entering its territory as traffic from its eastern neighbor surged on Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared partial mobilization.

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“There’s still a lot of traffic this morning (…) maybe it’s increased a little bit since yesterday,” a Border Patrol spokesman said Thursday.

About 7,000 people entered from Russia yesterday, about 6,000 of them Russians, a 107 percent increase from the same day a week ago, according to the border guard.

One of the few entrances for Russians in Europe

Three people applied for asylum yesterday. None had applied for asylum last week, he added.

Finnish border crossings remain among the few entry points into Europe for Russians after a string of countries closed both their physical borders and airspace in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The queue forming today was the longest at the busy Vaalimaa border crossing, reaching around 500 meters and longer than those on the same day in previous weeks, the spokesman noted. Queues were also “longer than normal” at the second largest border crossing, that of Nuiyamaa, according to the Finnish border guard.

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