Ukraine calls up reserve troops

February 23, 2022
Ukraine calls up reservists

We are here to overcome, not to cry.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the nation tapped approx. 36,000 reservists to join the active duty military.
  • Reservists would join Ukraine's active duty military of roughly 200,000.
  • The government declared a state of emergency – this would allow seizure of property, curfews and the ability to suspend protests. However, the state of emergency was not immediately enacted; Ukraine's parliament must now vote to approve the measures.
  • Why It Matters: Ukraine's president said that while the country is mobilizing reservists, they are not instituting a general draft of civilians; this latest move does show, however, a nation preparing for the worst-case scenario – war with Russia.
  • Interesting fact: Ukraine's population is an est. 44 million – that's *roughly* the population size of California and Oregon.

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