The Russian region of North Ossetia, bordering Georgia, has decreed this Wednesday an alert level that will mean the closure of the territory to the passage of passenger vehicles, after a drastic increase in traffic following the partial mobilization decreed last week by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
The President of North Ossetia, Sergei Maniailo, had already warned of the possibility of taking measures and has finally confirmed this Wednesday, on his Telegram account, that the authorities of this region will only allow access to local or Georgian citizens, or those who can prove that they had vacations booked.
The republic is a key crossing point into Georgia. Maniailo has claimed that some 20,000 people have entered Georgian territory through North Ossetia in the last two days alone: “We will not be able to ensure order and security if this flow continues to grow.”
Georgian authorities estimate that the arrival of Russian citizens has increased by at least 40 percent, although there is no exact balance at the moment. The Norwegian government already puts the provisional figure at over 100,000, according to the Civil portal.