Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, it has struggled to continue fighting against Ukrainian troops.
Last week, several Russian troops were forced to withdraw from towns in the northeastern region of Ukraine.
Putin's move to mobilize more troops seems to be his way of intimidating Ukrainian troops and accelerating war efforts.
\u201cFlights departing Moscow and St. Petersburg today. The @AP is reporting international flights departing Russia have either sold out or skyrocketed in price after Putin announced a mobilization of reservists. \n\nSearch SVO, VKO, DME for Moscow airports and LED for St. Petersburg.\u201d