The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday demanded its citizens to leave Russia “immediately” for fear of a military escalation from Moscow.
The ministry said in a statement that it “recommends Ukrainian citizens not to travel to Russia, and those who are there should leave immediately.”
In the context, the Ukrainian army issued an order to mobilize reservists after Russia instructed its forces to prepare to support the separatist-controlled areas in the east of the country.
“Reservists between the ages of 18 and 60 will be called up,” the Ukrainian Ground Forces said in a Facebook message.
She pointed out that the invitations “will start today, and the maximum service period is one year.”
The Ukrainian-Russian crisis intensified after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday evening his country’s official recognition of the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk regions from Ukraine.
And which were subject to the control of separatists loyal to Moscow, amid widespread international rejection.
Western countries considered Moscow’s recognition of the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk as “the actual beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine.”