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Zelensky orders general mobilization

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared a “general mobilization” of the country’s population, calling up conscripts and reserve forces to bolster Kiev’s military across the country following Russia’s “special operation” in the Donbass, which also targeted sites in Ukraine.

The mobilization should be carried out within the next 90 days, according to the presidential decree released early on Friday. - услуги фрилансеров от 500 руб.

Zelensky said the move was required to “ensure the defense of the state” and “maintain combat readiness” of the Ukrainian armed forces in the face of what he called “aggression” by Moscow. 

The mobilization is set to take place in 25 regions and cities, including on the territory of  Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbass, whose independence was recognized by Russia earlier this week.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian military will soon outline more details on the effort, including the exact number of conscripts and reservists to be called to duty, as well as the “involvement of vehicles to meet the needs” of the armed forces, the decree states.

The plan may also call for the “temporary allocation of buildings, structures, land, transport and other material and technical means” to the military, according to the decree. Local government officials would be called to assist with notifying citizens and reserve members that they had been ordered to service.

Kiev as well as the UN, US, the EU and NATO has denounced the recognition of the two breakaway republics by Moscow and a subsequent military operation by Russian forces to “denazify” and “demilitarize” Ukraine as an “unprovoked” violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, rolling out a raft of biting sanctions against targeting Russian elites and aimed at crippling the country’s economy.

Announcing a “special operation” in Donbass early on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it was aimed at protecting the people of the two newly-recognized republics. The operation has since expanded to sites across Ukraine, with the Russian military claiming it was targeting military infrastructure all over the country.

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