Ukraine’s president mobilizes some reservist troops

Ukraine on Wednesday urged Western nations to impose more sanctions on Russia following a sweeping round on Tuesday from the EU, US, and other Western countries targeting the economy and Putin’s inner circle.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree calling up reservists between 18 and 60 on Wednesday, Ukraine’s armed forces said in a statement.

Ukraine also recommended that its nationals leave Russia.

Western nations are using sanctions in response to a speech given by Putin on Monday that declared Russia had the right to seize Ukraine as part of the nation’s “spiritual continuum” while also violating international law by declaring the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk “independent.”

With nearly 200,000 Russian troops amassed on Ukraine’s borders, Western countries are poised to throw down further sanctions should the US, UK, and NATO warnings about an imminent invasion prove accurate.