Tuesday Newspapers: Trains, planes and hockey players are all fleeing Russia | News

The war in Ukraine continues to dominate the news in Finland.

The Allegro train is one of the few remaining connections between Russia and the outside world. Image: Mikko Savolainen / Yle

As Russia becomes increasingly isolated following the invasion of Ukraine, getting out of the country is a challenge. Flights have been blocked from many Western countries, and the few that are still able to take off are now considerably more expensive than they were just a few days ago.

This leaves trains to Finland as one of the few routes out of the country, and the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper went (siirryt toiseen palveluun) at Helsinki Central Station on Monday evening to meet one of the Allegro services from St. Petersburg.

There are two trains each way on the high-speed line after they restarted last year following a suspension due to Covid restrictions, with passenger numbers down from pre-pandemic levels.

Only Russian or Finnish citizens are allowed on the trains, thanks to a rule imposed by Russia. But there were still plenty of Monday passengers for HS to interview.

A Dutch-Russian couple were reunited in Helsinki before traveling to Holland, and Alyonnaa fleeing Russian, explained that the train was her only way out of the country.

Others had similar stories of joy at getting out and sadness at having to leave, but they were largely horrified by the war ordered by the Russian president. Vladimir Poutine.

VR told the newspaper that they would continue to run trains to Russia for the time being, and any decision to stop doing so would not be theirs alone.

Finnair shrinking

Russia’s isolation has had a huge impact on many businesses in the West, and Finnair is one of those currently struggling to reassess its strategy.

“This has never been seen before,” Mäntynen said. “Commercial and communication relations have weakened considerably between the different continents. In this sense, it is quite catastrophic.”

He says Finnair faces difficulties due to its strategy of offering a link between Europe and Asia – flying over Russia. This ‘shortcut’ promise no longer applies and the alternative route via the Middle East is an expensive solution for a Helsinki-based company.

The problem for Finnair, and the rest of us, is that they don’t know how long this situation will last, so they can’t plan for the future.

For now, the airline has canceled flights to Japan, China and Korea this week, and flights to Russia until May 28.

The company declined to comment on Iltalehti. CEO Topi Manner said in a statement on Monday that some of the company’s routes were not economically viable if they had to take a longer route, but that the company understood the urgency of the situation in Ukraine and the need for sanctions.

Tampere Kyiv Solidarity

The park was created in the Kaleva district as part of Tampere’s twinning with Kyiv in 1954.

Marko Anttila joins Ilves for the conclusion of the Finnish season, after his club Jokerit announced that it would not complete the Russian KHL playoffs.

Not to be outdone, their city rivals Tappara signed up Otto Leskinen and Veli-Matti Savinainen for the rest of the season.

The city is due to host the world championships in May, but as expected, the IIHF announced (siirryt toiseen palveluun) Monday evening that the Russian and Belarusian teams would not be allowed to compete there.

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