Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered the military to begin drafting reservists.
Background: On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics in eastern Ukraine as independent and ordered troops into Ukraine’s Donbas region.
Putin’s move prompted U.S. President Joe Biden to announce an initial list of sanctions against Russia on Tuesday.
Biden announced sanctions on Russian sovereign debt and Russian elites and their family members as well as Russian financial institutions.
What Happened: On Wednesday, Ukraine’s president began drafting reservists aged 18 to 60 into its armed forces in preparation for an invasion.
However, Zelensky has ruled out a general mobilization for the time being.
“As the supreme commander in chief of the armed forces of Ukraine, I issued a decree on the conscription of reservists during a special period,” he added. (per The Hill)
What Comes Next: President Biden made it clear that if Russia continues its aggression towards Ukraine more sanctions will follow.
“He is setting up a rationale to take more territory by force, in my view,” Biden said of Putin on Tuesday. “This is the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
“If Russia goes further with this invasion, we stand prepared to go further as with sanctions,” the president added. (per The Hill)